Magnetic and boundary effects on thermal instabilities in solar magnetic fields - Localized modes in a slab geometry

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Abstract

The coupling of thermal and ideal MHD effects in a sheared magnetic field is investigated. A slab geometry is considered so that the Alfven mode can be decoupled from the system. With the total perturbed pressure approximately zero, the fast mode is eliminated and a system of linearized equations describing magnetic effects on the slow mode and thermal mode is derived. A choice of field geometry and boundary conditions is made which removes mode rational surfaces so that there are no regions in which parallel thermal conduction can be neglected. This provides a stabilizing mechanism for the thermal mode. Growth rates are reduced by 30-40 percent, and there is complete stabilization for sufficiently short fieldlines. The influence of dynamic and thermal boundary conditions on the formation of prominences is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-127
JournalSolar Physics
Volume124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1989

Keywords

  • Magnetohydrodynamic Stability
  • Solar Corona
  • Solar Magnetic Field
  • Thermal Instability
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Boundary Value Problems
  • Linear Equations
  • Magnetohydrodynamic Waves
  • S Waves
  • Solar Prominences

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