External and internal solutions for the twisted, flux-tube, prominence model

N. Cartledge, A. W. Hood

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In this paper the twisted flux-tube model for the support of a prominence sheet with constant axial current density, given by Ridgway, Priest, and Amari (1991), is considered. The model is extended in Section 2 to incorporate a current sheet of finite height. The sheet is supported in a constant current density force-free field in the configuration of a twisted flux tube. The mass of the prominence sheet, using a typical height and field strength, is computed. Outside the flux tube the background magnetic field is assumed to be potential but the matching of the flux tube onto this background field is not considered here. Instead our attention is focussed, in Section 3, on the interior of the prominence. An expanded scale is used to stretch the prominence sheet to a finite width. We analytically select solutions for the internal magnetic field in this region which match smoothly onto the external force-free solutions at the prominence edge. The force balance equation applied inside the prominence then yields expressions for the pressure and density and a corresponding temperature may be computed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-275
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993


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