Vol 20, No 9

Observational evidence of magnetic reconnection in a coronal bright point

Zong-Jun Ning, Dong Li, Qing-Min Zhang


Abstract Magnetic reconnection is considered to be the fundamental process by which magnetic energy is converted into plasma or particle kinetic energy.Magnetic reconnection is a widely applied physicsmodel to explain the solar eruption events, such as coronal bright points (CBPs). Meanwhile, it is an usual way of the solar physics research to look for the observational evidences of magnetic reconnection in the solar eruption events in order to support the model. In this paper, we have explored the evidences of magnetic reconnection in a CBP observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at NOAA No. 11163 on 2011 March 5. Our observations show that this event is a small-scale loop system in active regions that have similar size as a traditional CBP and it might shed light on the physics of a traditional CBP. This CBP is bright in all nine AIA wavelengths and displays a flaring development with three bursts intermittently. Each burst exhibits a pair of bi-directional jets almost along a line. They originate from the same position (CBP core), then move in the opposite directions. Our findings are well consistent with themagnetic reconnection process by which the bi-directional plasma outflows are produced and radiate the bi-directional jets detected by SDO/AIA. These facts further support the conclusion that the CBP is produced by the magnetic reconnection process.


Keywords Sun: UV radiation— Sun: corona— Sun: oscillation

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