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Oscillatory Breakout Reconnection Triggers Solar Jets

Apr 10, 2019     Email"> PrintText Size

Solar jets are transient, collimated plasma ejections that escape away from the low solar atmosphere.

In a recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal, a research group led by Dr. HONG Junchao from Yunnan Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new perspective on the triggering mechanism of solar jet.

Researchers found a reversal of breakout reconnection preceding a jet. Besides, they proposed that this observation provides credible evidence for the so-called oscillatory reconnection.

A current sheet is directly detected near the jet base. Triggered by the magnetic reconnection at this current sheet, two minifilaments under the sheet erupted into a jet. Thus, this observation suggested the breakout mechanism for solar jet.

Before the onset of the jet, the sheet first shortens to zero in length along the horizontal direction, but then lengthens toward the vertical direction. This transition of the sheet indicated that the jet is triggered by oscillatory breakout reconnection.

The results shed new light on the triggering mechanism for solar jets.

(Editor: LIU Jia)


HONG Junchao

Yunnan Observatories

E-mail: hjcsolar@ynao.ac.cn

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