LESIA - Observatoire de Paris

Lifecycle of a large-scale polar coronal pseudostreamer/cavity system

jeudi 21 janvier 2016, par Chloé Guennou (LESIA)

Mardi 26 janvier 2016 à 11h00 , Lieu : Salle de réunion du bâtiment 14

We report on an exceptional large-scale coronal pseudostreamer/cavity system in the southern polar region of the solar corona, which was visible for approximately a year starting in February 2014. It is unusual to see such a large closed-field structure embedded within the open polar coronal hole. We investigate this structure to document its formation, evolution and eventually its shrinking process, using data from both the PROBA2/SWAP and SDO/AIA UV imagers. In particular, we used EUV tomography to find the overall shape and internal structure of the pseudostreamer, and to determine its 3D temperature and density structure using then DEM analysis. We found that the cavity temperature is extremely stable with time and is essentially at similar or slightly hotter temperature than the surrounding pseudostreamer. Two regimes in cavity thermal properties was observed : the first 5 months corresponds to the lower density depletion associated with the highly multi-thermal plasma, while the shrinking period exhibits the exact opposite behavior. As the thermodynamic properties are strongly correlated with the magnetic structure, these results provide constraints on both the trigger of CMEs and the processes that maintain cavities stability for such a long lifetime.

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