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Energy and helicity fluxes in line-tied eruptive simulations

Linan, L; Pariat, É; Aulanier, G; Moraitis, K; Valori, G; (2020) Energy and helicity fluxes in line-tied eruptive simulations. Astronomy & Astrophysics , 636 , Article A41. 10.1051/0004-6361/202037548. Green open access

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Abstract

Context. Conservation properties of magnetic helicity and energy in the quasi-ideal and low-β solar corona make these two quantities relevant for the study of solar active regions and eruptions. / Aims. Based on a decomposition of the magnetic field into potential and nonpotential components, magnetic energy and relative helicity can both also be decomposed into two quantities: potential and free energies, and volume-threading and current-carrying helicities. In this study, we perform a coupled analysis of their behaviors in a set of parametric 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of solar-like eruptions. / Methods. We present the general formulations for the time-varying components of energy and helicity in resistive MHD. We calculated them numerically with a specific gauge, and compared their behaviors in the numerical simulations, which differ from one another by their imposed boundary-driving motions. Thus, we investigated the impact of different active regions surface flows on the development of the energy and helicity-related quantities. / Results. Despite general similarities in their overall behaviors, helicities and energies display different evolutions that cannot be explained in a unique framework. While the energy fluxes are similar in all simulations, the physical mechanisms that govern the evolution of the helicities are markedly distinct from one simulation to another: the evolution of volume-threading helicity can be governed by boundary fluxes or helicity transfer, depending on the simulation. / Conclusions. The eruption takes place for the same value of the ratio of the current-carrying helicity to the total helicity in all simulations. However, our study highlights that this threshold can be reached in different ways, with different helicity-related processes dominating for different photospheric flows. This means that the details of the pre-eruptive dynamics do not influence the eruption-onset helicity-related threshold. Nevertheless, the helicity-flux dynamics may be more or less efficient in changing the time required to reach the onset of the eruption.

Type: Article
Title: Energy and helicity fluxes in line-tied eruptive simulations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/202037548
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202037548
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © L. Linan et al. 2020. Open Access article, published by EDP Sciences, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: magnetic fields / Sun: photosphere / Sun: corona / Sun: flares / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / Sun: activity
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Space and Climate Physics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095774
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