This paper presents new results concerning evolution and inflexional instability of twisted magnetic flux tubes in the solar corona. Inflexional configurations, attained when the curvature of the tube axis vanishes, are generally present in coronal magnetic structures and are invariably associated with the early stages of kink formation. New equations for the Lorentz force in orthogonal curvilinear coordinates are applied to study the behaviour of twisted flux tubes in presence of inflexion points. We find that inflexional flux tubes are in disequilibrium and evolve spontaneously to inflexion-free configurations, possibly in braid form. These results have important applications for solar coronal structures. First, they prove that the evolution and relaxation of twisted magnetic fields into braid form is a generic feature, confirming the observational evidence of highly twisted and braided structures present in the solar corona. Secondly, they demonstrate that inflexions can trigger kink instabilities, providing a fundamental mechanism for modeling outbreaks of energy into heat, emitted by flares, microflares and mass ejections.

Ricca, R. (1997). Evolution and inflexional instability of twisted magnetic flux tubes. SOLAR PHYSICS, 172(1-2), 241-248 [10.1023/A:1004942121307].

Evolution and inflexional instability of twisted magnetic flux tubes

Ricca, R
1997

Abstract

This paper presents new results concerning evolution and inflexional instability of twisted magnetic flux tubes in the solar corona. Inflexional configurations, attained when the curvature of the tube axis vanishes, are generally present in coronal magnetic structures and are invariably associated with the early stages of kink formation. New equations for the Lorentz force in orthogonal curvilinear coordinates are applied to study the behaviour of twisted flux tubes in presence of inflexion points. We find that inflexional flux tubes are in disequilibrium and evolve spontaneously to inflexion-free configurations, possibly in braid form. These results have important applications for solar coronal structures. First, they prove that the evolution and relaxation of twisted magnetic fields into braid form is a generic feature, confirming the observational evidence of highly twisted and braided structures present in the solar corona. Secondly, they demonstrate that inflexions can trigger kink instabilities, providing a fundamental mechanism for modeling outbreaks of energy into heat, emitted by flares, microflares and mass ejections.
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inflexional instability, magnetic flux tube, twist
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Ricca, R. (1997). Evolution and inflexional instability of twisted magnetic flux tubes. SOLAR PHYSICS, 172(1-2), 241-248 [10.1023/A:1004942121307].
Ricca, R
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