Solar Physics

, Volume 205, Issue 1, pp 93–103 | Cite as

Development of an Automatic Filament Disappearance Detection System

  • Jianlin Gao
  • Haimin Wang
  • Mengchu Zhou


This paper presents an efficient and automatic method for detecting filament disappearances. This method was applied to the Big Bear Solar Observatory's (BBSO) full-disk Hα images. The initial step is to detect the filaments in the solar image, then determine if they are growing, stable or disappearing. If a disappearing filament is found, the solar community can be automatically alerted in near real time. This system is proven to be accurate and fast. In addition, three statistical studies of the appearance and disappearance of all filaments in 1999 are presented.


Detection System Initial Step Statistical Study Automatic Method Solar Observatory 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianlin Gao
    • 1
  • Haimin Wang
    • 2
  • Mengchu Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkU.S.A
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkU.S.A

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