A Model for Solar Coronal Mass Ejections

  title={A Model for Solar Coronal Mass Ejections},
  author={Spiro K. Antiochos and C. Richard DeVore and James A. Klimchuk},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
We propose a new model for the initiation of a solar coronal mass ejection (CME). The model agrees with two properties of CMEs and eruptive flares that have proved to be very difficult to explain with previous models: (1) very low-lying magnetic field lines, down to the photospheric neutral line, can open toward infinity during an eruption; and (2) the eruption is driven solely by magnetic free energy stored in a closed, sheared arcade. Consequently, the magnetic energy of the closed state is… 
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