Analyses of Simulated Reconnection-Driven Solar Polar Jets

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Merrill A. Roberts1,2, Vadim M Uritsky2, Judith T Karpen2 and C Richard DeVore2, (1)Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Solar polar jets are observed to originate in regions within the open field of solar coronal holes. These so called “anemone” regions are generally accepted to be regions of opposite polarity, and are associated with an embedded dipole topology, consisting of a fan-separatrix and a spine line emanating from a null point occurring at the top of the dome shaped fan surface. Previous analysis of these jets (Pariat et al. 2009,2010) modeled using the Adaptively Refined Magnetohydrodynamics Solver (ARMS) has supported the claim that magnetic reconnection across current sheets formed at the null point between the highly twisted closed field of the dipole and open field lines surrounding it releases the energy necessary to drive these jets. However, these initial simulations assumed a “static" environment for the jets, neglecting effects due to gravity, solar wind and the expanding spherical geometry. A new set of ARMS simulations taking into account these additional physical processes was recently performed. Initial results are qualitatively consistent with the earlier Cartesian studies, demonstrating the robustness of the underlying ideal and resistive mechanisms. We focus on density and velocity fluctuations within a narrow radial slit aligned with the direction of the spine of the jet, as well as other physical properties, in order to identify and refine their signatures in the lower heliosphere. These refined signatures can be used as parameters by which plasma processes initiated by these jets may be identified in situ by future missions such as Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus.