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The standard flare model in 3D : MHD simulations and coronal observations

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Solar eruptive flares lead to the ejection of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that are amongst the main drivers for space weather. 2D models have been developed so as to understand the formation of flare loops and the flux rope (i.e. the CME ) during an eruptive flare. However, the intrinsic 3D nature of both structures implies a need to extend those 2D models in a more complete 3D version. Also, in situ data analysis of magnetic clouds (MCs), a subclass of interplanetary CMEs sheds some light on the structure of propagating flux ropes. In this work, I will present the main observational characteristics of eruptive flares, and how we can use a 3D magnetohydrodynamic simulation to understand their underlying mechanisms. I will compare observational data from STEREO and SDO with the results from the numerical model, and how fulfilled predictions ensure the validity of our simulations. In particular, I will focus on the reconnection mechanism leading to the further development of the flux rope, the flare loops, and the flare ribbons.

This talk is part of the DAMTP Astro Lunch series.

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