Stability and eruption of prominences

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The application of stability theory to quiescent solar prominences is examined, reviewing the results of recent investigations. The governing equations for the primary MHD instabilities (kink-mode, sausage-mode, and Rayleigh-Taylor) are presented; normal-mode, energy-method, and nonequilibrium approaches to their solution are outlined; and particular attention is given to the effect of the dense photosphere, ballooning modes, coronal arcades, distributed current models and eruptive instability, localized modes and small-scale structure, and arcades containing a current sheet. Also discussed are the problem of thermal stability, resistive instabilities and tearing modes, the effect of line tying, and a simple model describing prominence eruption and coronal mass ejection.


  • Magnetic Field Configurations
  • Magnetohydrodynamic Stability
  • Solar Prominences
  • Coronal Loops
  • Plasma Cylinders
  • Solar Corona
  • Solar Magnetic Field
  • Tearing Modes (Plasmas)


Dive into the research topics of 'Stability and eruption of prominences'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this