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Eruptive-Impulsive Homologous M-class Flares Associated with Double-decker Flux Rope Configuration in Minisigmoid of NOAA 12673

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Wiegelmann,  Thomas
Department Sun and Heliosphere, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society;

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Mitra, P., Joshi, B., Veronig, A., Chandra, R., Dissauer, K., & Wiegelmann, T. (2020). Eruptive-Impulsive Homologous M-class Flares Associated with Double-decker Flux Rope Configuration in Minisigmoid of NOAA 12673. The Astrophysical Journal, 900(1): 23. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aba900.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-542B-B
Abstract
We present a multiwavelength analysis of two homologous, short-lived, impulsive flares of GOES class M1.4 and M7.3 that occurred from a very localized minisigmoid region within the active region NOAA 12673 on 2017 September 7. Both flares were associated with initial jetlike plasma ejection that for a brief amount of time moved toward the east in a collimated manner before drastically changing direction toward the southwest. Nonlinear force-free field extrapolation reveals the presence of a compact double-decker flux rope configuration in the minisigmoid region prior to the flares. A set of open field lines originating near the active region that were most likely responsible for the anomalous dynamics of the erupted plasma gave the earliest indication of an emerging coronal hole near the active region. The horizontal field distribution suggests a rapid decay of the field above the active region, implying high proneness of the flux rope system toward eruption. In view of the low coronal double-decker flux ropes and compact extreme ultraviolet brightening beneath the filament, along with associated photospheric magnetic field changes, our analysis supports the combination of initial tether-cutting reconnection and subsequent torus instability for driving the eruption.