Evolution of the Kippenhahn-Schlueter Prominence Model Magnetic Field Under Cowling Resistivity
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We present the results from 1.5D diffusion simulations of the Kippenhahn–Schlüter prominence model magnetic field evolution under the influence of the ambipolar terms of Cowling resistivity. We show that initially the evolution is determined by the ratio of the horizontal and vertical magnetic fields, which gives current sheet thinning (thickening) when this ratio is small (large) and a marginal case where a new characteristic current sheet length scale is formed. After a timespan greater than the Cowling resistivity time, the current sheet thickens as a power law of t independent of the ratio of the field strengths. These results imply that when Cowling resistivity is included in the model, the tearing instability time scale is reduced by more than one order of magnitude when the ratio of the horizontal field to the vertical field is 20% or less. These results imply that, over the course of its lifetime, the structure of the prominence can be significantly altered by Cowling resistivity, and in some cases will allow the tearing instability to occur.
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Vol. 62 (5), pp. 1231–1237