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  A Cancellation Nanoflare Model for Solar Chromospheric and Coronal Heating. II. 2D Theory and Simulations

Syntelis, P., Priest, E. R., & Chitta, L. P. (2019). A Cancellation Nanoflare Model for Solar Chromospheric and Coronal Heating. II. 2D Theory and Simulations. Astrophysical Journal, 872(1): 32. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aafaf8.

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Syntelis, P., Author
Priest, E. R., Author
Chitta, L. P.1, Author              
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1Department Sun and Heliosphere, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832289              

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 Abstract: Recent observations at high spatial resolution have shown that magnetic flux cancellation occurs on the solar surface much more frequently than previously thought, and so this led Priest et al. (2018) to propose magnetic reconnection driven by photospheric flux cancellation as a mechanism for chromospheric and coronal heating. In particular, they estimated analytically the amount of energy released as heat and the height of the energy release during flux cancellation. In the present work, we take the next step in the theory by setting up a two-dimensional resistive MHD simulation of two canceling polarities in the presence of a horizontal external field and a stratified atmosphere in order to check and improve upon the analytical estimates. Computational evaluation of the energy release during reconnection is found to be in good qualitative agreement with the analytical estimates. In addition, we go further and undertake an initial study of the atmospheric response to reconnection. We find that, during the cancellation, either hot ejections or cool ones or a combination of both hot and cool ejections can be formed, depending on the height of the reconnection location. The hot structures can have the density and temperature of coronal loops, while the cooler structures are suggestive of surges and large spicules.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aafaf8
ADS: 2019ApJ...872...32S
arXiv: 1901.02798
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Title: Astrophysical Journal
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Publ. Info: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 872 (1) Sequence Number: 32 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0004-637X
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