Thermal equilibria of coronal magnetic arcades

C. D.C. Steele, E. R. Priest

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A coronal magnetic arcade can be thought of as consisting of an assembly of coronal loops. By solving equations of thermal equilibrium along each loop and assuming a base temperature of 2 × 104 K, the thermal structure of the arcade can be found. By assuming a form for the plasma pressure in the arcade, the possible thermal structures can be shown to depend on three parameters. Arcades can contain hot loops with summits hotter than 400 000 K, cool loops at temperatures less than 80 000 K along their lengths, hot-cool loops with cool summits and cool footpoints but hotter intermediate portions, and warm loops, cooler than 80 000 K along most of their lengths but with summits as hot as 400 000 K. For certain arcades, there exist regions where more than one kind of loop is possible. If the parameters describing the arcade are varied, it is possible for non-equilibrium to occur when a type of solution ceases to exist. For example, hot or warm loops can cease to exist so that only cool solutions are possible when the arcade size or pressure is decreased, while warm or cool loops may give way to hot-cool loops when the heating is reduced or the pressure is increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-94
Number of pages30
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1990


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