Solar Physics

, Volume 242, Issue 1–2, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Correlation between Solar Flare Productivity and Photospheric Magnetic Field Properties II. Magnetic Gradient and Magnetic Shear



With 1353 vector magnetograms observed at Huairou Solar Observing Station (HSOS), a statistical analysis is made on the relationship among solar flares, magnetic gradient, and magnetic shear. The results suggest that flare productivity has positive correlations with the gradient and the shear, which can be well fitted by the Boltzmann sigmoidal function. In the vicinity of neutral lines, high gradient and strong shear are roughly coincident in time but barely in position. In addition, flare productivity is more sensitive to the length of neutral lines with strong gradient and shear (Lgs) than independently with strong gradient (Lg) or strong shear (Ls), which means that Lgs can be a better parameter for solar flare forecasting models. Finally, an algorithm to evaluate projection effects on the statistical results is proposed.


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  1. 1.National Astronomical ObservatoriesChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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