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Heating the solar corona by nanoflares triggered by a kink instability

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  • UserAlan Hood (University of St. Andrews)
  • ClockMonday 16 February 2009, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMR14, DAMTP, Pav. F.

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The heating of solar coronal plasma to millions of degrees may be due to the superposition of many small energy-releasing events, known as nanoflares. Nanoflares dissipate magnetic energy through magnetic reconnection. It is proposed that heating is triggered by the onset of an ideal MHD instability, with energy release occurring in the nonlinear phase due to fast magnetic reconnection. Numerical simulations are used to investigate the energy release and the heating process.

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