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dc.contributor.authorKliem, B.
dc.contributor.authorLin, J.
dc.contributor.authorForbes, T. G.
dc.contributor.authorPriest, E. R.
dc.contributor.authorToeroek, T.
dc.identifier.citationKliem , B , Lin , J , Forbes , T G , Priest , E R & Toeroek , T 2014 , ' Catastrophe versus instability for the eruption of a toroidal solar magnetic flux rope ' , Astrophysical Journal , vol. 789 , no. 1 , 46 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3621-6690/work/74117754
dc.descriptionB.K. acknowledges support by the Chinese Academy of Sciences under grant No. 2012T1J0017. He also acknowledges support by the DFG, the STFC, and the NSF. J.L.'s work was supported by 973 Program grants 2013CB815103 and 2011CB811403, NSFC grants 11273055, and 11333007, and CAS grant KJCX2-EW-T07 to Yunnan Observatory. E.R.P. is grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for financial support. The contribution of T.T. was supported by NASA's HTP, LWS, and SR&T programs and by NSF.en
dc.description.abstractThe onset of a solar eruption is formulated here as either a magnetic catastrophe or as an instability. Both start with the same equation of force balance governing the underlying equilibria. Using a toroidal flux rope in an external bipolar or quadrupolar field as a model for the current-carrying flux, we demonstrate the occurrence of a fold catastrophe by loss of equilibrium for several representative evolutionary sequences in the stable domain of parameter space. We verify that this catastrophe and the torus instability occur at the same point; they are thus equivalent descriptions for the onset condition of solar eruptions.
dc.relation.ispartofAstrophysical Journalen
dc.subjectMagnetohydrodynamics (MHD)en
dc.subjectSun: coronaen
dc.subjectSun: coronal mass ejections (CMEs)en
dc.subjectSun: filaments, prominencesen
dc.subjectSun: flaresen
dc.subjectSun: magnetic fieldsen
dc.subjectCoronal mass ejectionsen
dc.subject2010 April 8en
dc.subjectActive regionsen
dc.subjectProminence eruptionsen
dc.subjectTorus instabilityen
dc.subjectKink instabilityen
dc.subjectSunspot rotationen
dc.subjectField evolutionen
dc.subjectEmerging fluxen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.subjectQB Astronomyen
dc.titleCatastrophe versus instability for the eruption of a toroidal solar magnetic flux ropeen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Pure Mathematicsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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