The effect of gravity on the stability of a line-tied coronal magnetohydrostatic equilibrium

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

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Abstract

The magnetohydrodynamic stability of a class of magnetohydrostatic equilibria is investigated. The effect of gravity is included as well as the stabilising influence of the dense photospheric line-tying. Although the two-dimensional equilibria exhibit a catastrophe point, when the ratio of plasma pressure to magnetic pressure exceeds a critical value, arcade structures, with both footpoints connected to the photosphere, become unstable to three-dimensional disturbances before the catastrophe point is reached. Numerical results for field lines that are open into the solar corona suggest that they are completely stable. Although there is no definite proof of stability, this would allow the point of non-equilibrium to be reached.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
JournalGeophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

Keywords

  • Solar coronal magnetic fields
  • magnetohydrodynamic stability
  • line-tying

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