The stability of two classes of solar quiescent prominences

P. de Bruyne, A. W. Hood

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The stability properties of two prominence models are investigated by considering bounds on the marginal stability conditions. It is shown that Low's (1981) model is unstable to localized disturbances and the Hood and Anzer (1990) model is only stable for sufficiently low prominences. The latter result may be modified by including magnetic shear. It is shown that magnetic shear stabilizes coronal loops against Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities and may help to stabilize prominence models as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-130
JournalSolar Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1993


  • Coronal Loops
  • Magnetohydrodynamic Stability
  • Solar Physics
  • Solar Prominences
  • Taylor Instability
  • Cartesian Coordinates
  • Force-Free Magnetic Fields
  • Plasma Slabs
  • Solar Magnetic Field


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