Variability of the Reconnection Guide Field in Solar Flares

  title={Variability of the Reconnection Guide Field in Solar Flares},
  author={Joel T. Dahlin and Spiro K. Antiochos and Jiong Qiu and C. Richard DeVore},
Solar flares may be the best-known examples of the explosive conversion of magnetic energy into bulk motion, plasma heating, and particle acceleration via magnetic reconnection. The energy source for all flares is the highly sheared magnetic field of a filament channel above a polarity inversion line (PIL). During the flare, this shear field becomes the so-called reconnection guide field (i.e., the non-reconnecting component), which has been shown to play a major role in determining key… 
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