Magnetic Topology of the Global MHD Configuration on 2010 August 1-2

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Viacheslav S Titov1, Zoran Mikic1, Tibor Torok1, Jon Linker1 and Olga Panasenco2, (1)Predictive Science Inc., San Diego, CA, United States, (2)Advanced Heliophysics, Pasadena, CA, United States
It appears that the global magnetic topology of the solar corona predetermines to a large extent the magnetic flux transfer during solar eruptions. We have recently analyzed the global topology for a source-surface model of the background magnetic field at the time of the 2010 August 1-2 sympathetic CMEs (Titov et al. 2012). Now we extend this analysis to a more accurate thermodynamic MHD model of the solar corona. As for the source-surface model, we find a similar triplet of pseudo-streamers in the source regions of the eruptions. The new study confirms that all these pseudo-streamers contain separatrix curtains that fan out from a basic magnetic null point, individual for each of the pseudo-streamers. In combination with the associated separatrix domes, these separatrix curtains fully isolate adjacent coronal holes of the like polarity from each other. However, the size and shape of the coronal holes, as well as their open magnetic fluxes and the fluxes in the lobes of the separatrix domes, are very different for the two models. The definition of the open separator field lines, where the (interchange) reconnection between open and closed magnetic flux takes place, is also modified, since the structurally unstable source-surface null lines do not exist anymore in the MHD model. In spite of all these differences, we reassert our earlier hypothesis that magnetic reconnection at these nulls and the associated separators likely plays a key role in coupling the successive eruptions observed by SDO and STEREO. The results obtained provide further validation of our recent simplified MHD model of sympathetic eruptions (Török et al. 2011).

Research supported by NASA's Heliophysics Theory and LWS Programs, and NSF/SHINE and NSF/FESD.