Solar Physics

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 57–61

On line tying

  • M. Gibons
  • D. S. Spicer

DOI: 10.1007/BF00151255

Cite this article as:
Gibons, M. & Spicer, D.S. Sol Phys (1981) 69: 57. doi:10.1007/BF00151255


We discuss the claim frequently found in the solar physics literature that line tying in the photosphere is capable of stabilizing certain classes of both ideal and resistive MHD instabilities. Our approach is to present a picture of the physical origins of line tying and how resistive effects will affect it.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gibons
    • 1
  • D. S. Spicer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewScotland, U.K.
  2. 2.E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research, U.S. Naval Research LaboratoryWashington, D.C.U.S.A.