Simulating the "Sliding Doors" Effect Through Magnetic Flux Emergence

David MacTaggart, Alan William Hood

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Recent Hinode photospheric vector magnetogram observations have shown that the opposite polarities of a long arcade structure move apart and then come together. In addition to this "sliding doors" effect, orientations of horizontal magnetic fields along the polarity inversion line on the photosphere evolve from a normal-polarity configuration to an inverse one. To explain this behavior, a simple model by Okamoto et al. suggested that it is the result of the emergence of a twisted flux rope. Here, we model this scenario using a three-dimensional megnatohydrodynamic simulation of a twisted flux rope emerging into a pre-existing overlying arcade. We construct magnetograms from the simulation and compare them with the observations. The model produces the two signatures mentioned above. However, the cause of the "sliding doors" effect differs from the previous model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L219-L222
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2010


  • Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
  • Sun: photosphere


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