Magnetic equilibrium in coronal arcades

J. P. Melville, A. W. Hood, E. R. Priest

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An analytical solution to the magnetohydrostatic equations is presented that generalizes a solution due to Birn et al. (1978) to include the effect of gravity. There exist two solutions to the same boundary conditions for small base pressures. If the base pressure exceeds a critical value, then 'non-equilibrium' may occur and initiate a two-ribbon flare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
JournalSolar Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1983


  • Coronal Loops
  • Gravitational Effects
  • Magnetohydrostatics
  • Solar Corona
  • Solar Magnetic Field
  • Beta Factor
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Boundary Value Problems
  • Equilibrium Equations
  • Photosphere
  • Solar Atmosphere
  • Solar Physics


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