TITLE

Observational studies of reconnection in the solar corona

AUTHOR(S)
McKenzie, David E.
PUB. DATE
November 2011
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2011, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p111205
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In recent years, observational studies of the corona have shifted focus. Where they were once purely qualitative morphological explorations seeking to support the presence of reconnection, more investigations are providing empirical estimates of the physical conditions in the reconnecting corona. These studies are enabled and enhanced by orbiting telescopes with high angular and temporal resolution. In this article, some recent findings about the empirical quantities are reviewed, including recent estimates of the flux transferred in individual patchy reconnection episodes, the size distribution of post-reconnection flux tubes, and the energy released by the flux tubes as they shrink.
ACCESSION #
67538247

 

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