Solar Physics

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 86–91

Thermal effects in the formation of loop prominences

  • D. W. Goldsmith

DOI: 10.1007/BF00148826

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Goldsmith, D.W. Sol Phys (1971) 19: 86. doi:10.1007/BF00148826


Loop prominences that appear after some solar flares may owe their form and duration to the behavior of the cooling function of the material (Cox and Tucker, 1969) and to the magnetic field configuration. Computer simulation of a model event shows that small temperature contrasts in a medium of several million degrees temperature may be enhanced as the medium cools by line and recombination radiation, on a time scale of several minutes. The loop prominence systems could be the result of this process repeated through successively higher levels of the solar atmosphere.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. W. Goldsmith
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Plasma Research, Stanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyU.S.A.

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