The Dynamics of Magnetic Flux Tubes in the Solar Convection Zone

A Study of Active Region Formation
  • G. H. Fisher
  • Y. Fan
  • D. W. Longcope
  • M. G. Linton


We describe some of our recent work on the dynamics of flux tubes in the solar convection zone. We focus on two topics, the first being the orientation (“tilt”) of active regions, and how comparisons between observations of tilt and tilts computed from numerical simulations of flux tubes can be used to infer properties of magnetic fields deep in the solar interior. The second topic is an investigation of the kink instability of twisted flux tubes in the solar interior, and its possible relationship with flare-productive δ spot regions.


Tilt Angle Flux Tube Convection Zone Sunspot Group Magnetic Flux Tube 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. H. Fisher
    • 1
  • Y. Fan
    • 2
  • D. W. Longcope
    • 3
  • M. G. Linton
    • 3
  1. 1.Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.National Solar ObservatoryTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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