Category Archives: Magnetic Field

128. Evolution of Magnetic Helicity in Solar Cycle 24

Contributed by V.V. Pipin. Posted on June 25, 2019

A novel approach is developed to reconstruct the surface magnetic helicity density for the Sun or sun-like stars. The method is applied on the SDO/HMI-observed vector field synoptic data to study the temporal evolution of the Sun’s magnetic helicity density during Solar Cycle 24.

124. On Solar surface Electric field Estimation with 3 Poisson solvers (SEE3Po) for driving time-dependent MHD simulations of solar active regions

Contributed by Keiji Hayashi. Posted on April 28, 2019

An algorithm, which is to calculate the electric field in order to retrieve the time variations of solar surface magnetic field observed by HMI, was recently developed.

121. The Origin of Major Solar Activity: Collisional Shearing between Nonconjugated Polarities of Multiple Bipoles Emerging within Active Regions

Contributed by Georgios Chintzoglou. Posted on February 28, 2019

Magnetic flux of opposite polarities belonging to two different emerging/emerged bipoles inside multipolar magnetic regions, can experience “collisional shearing”, a process resulting in strong shearing and fast cancellation of magnetic flux near the polarity inversion line. This type of flux cancellation is found to be the cause of a succession of major flares and CMEs in complex active regions.

120. Magnetic Fields and the Supply of Low-Frequency Acoustic Waves to the Solar Chromosphere

Contributed by S. P. Rajaguru. Posted on February 27, 2019

Through analyzing simultaneous HMI’s visible-light observations and AIA’s ultraviolet observations, the authors show that a significant amount of acoustic waves with frequencies lower than the theoretical cutoff frequency can channel up along less inclined magnetic field from the photosphere to the chromosphere.

119. Roles of Photospheric Motions and Flux Emergence in the Major Solar Eruption on 2017 September 6

Contributed by Rui Wang. Posted on January 31, 2019

Both magnetic flux emergence and shearing flows occurred before the X9.3 flare on 2017 September 6. This analysis shows that shearing flows played a more significant role in leading to the helicity and electric currents buildup before the major eruption.

114. What We Learned from a Long-term Study of Sunspot Physical Parameters

Contributed by Jing Li. Posted on November 20, 2018

Physical parameters, including sunspots tilt angles, total magnetic flux, polarity pole separations, and magnetic areas, are measured for most sunspot groups in solar cycles 23 and 24. Differences between Hale and anti-Hale sunspots in separate hemispheres and cycles are studied statistically.

113. What Makes CME-producing Solar Eruptions Happen?  Insight from Coronal Jets

Contributed by Alphonse Sterling. Posted on September 28, 2018

Jets resulting from eruption of minifilaments have lots of similarities to CMEs resulting from eruptions of large-scale filaments. This study on occurrences of jets can shed light on our understanding of what causes CME eruptions.

111. Synoptic Q-Maps — Insight into the Topology of the Coronal Magnetic Field

Contributed by Todd Hoeksema. Posted on September 26, 2018

Synoptic Q-maps, which display a geometric parameter describing the squashing factor of elemental flux tubes, are computed using both HMI and MDI magnetic field observations. These maps are useful for understanding coronal configurations relevant to space weather.