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EIT and SXT Observations of a Quiet Region Filament Ejection: First Eruption, Then ReconnectionWe observe a slow-onset quiet-region filament eruption with the EUV Imaging Telescope (EIT) on SOHO, and the Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT) on Yohkoh. This event occurred on 1999 April 18, and was likely the origin of a coronal mass ejection (CME) detected by SOHO at 08:30 UT on that day. In EIT, one-half of the filament shows two stages of evolution: Stage I is a slow, roughly constant upward movement at approx. 1 km per second lasting approximately 6.5 hours, and Stage 2 is a rapid upward eruption at approximately 16 kilometers per second occurring just before the filament disappears into interplanetary space. The other half of the filament shows little motion along the line-of-sight during the time of Stage 1, but erupts along with the rest of the filament during Stage 2. There is no obvious emission from the filament in SXT until Stage 2; at that time an arcade of EUV and soft X-ray loops forms first at the central location of the filament, and then expands outward along the length of the filament channel. A plot of EUV intensity versus time of the central portion of the filament (where the postflare loops initially form) shows a flat profile during Stage 1, and a rapid upturn after the start of Stage 2. This lightcurve is delayed from what would be expected if "tether-cutting" reconnection in the core of the erupting region were responsible for the initiation of the eruption. Rather, these observations suggest that a loss of stability of the magnetic field holding the filament initiates the eruption, with reconnection in the core region occurring only as a byproduct.
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Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Sterling, Alphonse C. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Moore, Ronald L. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Thompson, Barbara J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Six, N. Frank
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.