Ref: SCART-2024-0145

Investigating coronal loop morphology and dynamics from two vantage points

Mandal, Sudip ; Peter, Hardi ; Klimchuk, James ; Solanki, Sami K. ; Chitta, Lakshmi Pradeep ; Aznar Cuadrado, Regina ; Schühle, Udo ; Teriaca, Luca ; Berghmans, David ; Verbeeck, Cis ; Auchère, Frederic ; Stegen, Koen

published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 682, pp. id.L9 (2024)

Abstract: Coronal loops are the fundamental building blocks of the solar corona. Therefore, comprehending their properties is essential in unraveling the dynamics of the upper solar atmosphere. In this study, we conduct a comparative analysis of the morphology and dynamics of a coronal loop observed from two different spacecraft: the High Resolution Imager (HRIEUV) of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager on board the Solar Orbiter, and the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory. These spacecraft were separated by 43◦ during this observation. The main findings of this study are that (1) the observed loop exhibits similar widths in both the HRIEUV and AIA data, suggesting that the cross-sectional shape of the loop is circular; (2) the loop maintains a uniform width along its entire length, supporting the notion that coronal loops do not exhibit expansion; and (3) notably, the loop undergoes unconventional dynamics, including thread separation and abrupt downward movement. Intriguingly, these dynamic features also appear similar in data from both spacecraft. Although based on observation of a single loop, these results raise questions about the validity of the coronal-veil hypothesis and underscore the intricate and diverse nature of the complexity within coronal loops.

Keyword(s): Solar Orbiter ; EUI ; coronal loops
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/202348776
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Royal Observatory of Belgium > Solar Physics & Space Weather (SIDC)
Science Articles > Peer Reviewed Articles
Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence

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