Observational Tests of a Double Loop Model for Solar Flares

S. J. Hardy , D. B. Melrose , H. S. Hudson, PASA, 15 (3), 318
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Observational Tests of a Double Loop Model for Solar Flares

S. J. Hardy tex2html_wrap_inline323
D. B. Melrose tex2html_wrap_inline323
H. S. Hudson tex2html_wrap_inline327

tex2html_wrap_inline323 Research Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics,
School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA
tex2html_wrap_inline331 Solar Physics Research Corp, 4720 Calle Desecada, Tuscon, Arizona, USA 85718
tex2html_wrap_inline333 ISAS, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 229, JAPAN


A model for the energetics of solar flares by Melrose (1997) is based on magnetic reconnection between two current carrying magnetic loops. A detailed numerical investigation of the model has been made to identify those configurations which lead to energy release in a flare. Our results predict a strong relation between the ratio of currents in the interacting loops for a favoured flare configuration, and provide further support for a proposed method of generating long loops connecting different active regions. Both of these predictions are amenable to observational verification.

Keywords: Sun: flares

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