Flares and separatrices between magnetic loops

Zhong xian Shi, Jing xiu Wang, Haimin Wang

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Time sequences of vector magnetograms of Hauirou and Big Bear Solar Observatories have provided us the opportunity to identify the individual magnetic loops and athe separatrices between them. Based on the continuous observatin of vector magnetic field of NOAA 7469 from 4 to 12 April 1993, for the first time, the authors have identified the magnetic loop systems and relevant separatrices for such an active region. The observational signature ofthe cross-section of separatrices on the photosphere is as follows: 1. (1) High degree of magnetic shear at or close to the separatrices; 2. (2) Steep gradient of line-of-sight magnetic field (∼ 0.1 G/km) crossing the neutral line. 3. (3) Flux cancellation from both sides of the separatrices. At this point the transverse field partly changes its alignment. During the observed period, flare activity took place repeatedly in the vicinity of the separatrices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-479
Number of pages11
JournalChinese Astronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • flare
  • solar active region
  • vector magnetic field


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