The Distinction Between Thermal Nonequilibrium and Thermal Instability

@inproceedings{Klimchuk2019TheDB,
  title={The Distinction Between Thermal Nonequilibrium and Thermal Instability},
  author={James A. Klimchuk},
  year={2019}
}
  • James A. Klimchuk
  • Published 2019
  • Physics
  • For some forms of steady heating, coronal loops are in a state of thermal nonequilibrium and evolve in a manner that includes accelerated cooling, often resulting in the formation of a cold condensation. This is frequently confused with thermal instability, but the two are in fact fundamentally different. We explain the distinction and discuss situations where they may be interconnected. Large-amplitude perturbations, perhaps associated with MHD waves, likely play a role in explaining phenomena… CONTINUE READING

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