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Astron. Astrophys. 359, L19-L22 (2000)

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Letter to the Editor

New observed evidence of magnetic reconnections in the impulsive phase of a flare

H. Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Observatory, Kunming, 650011, China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing, 100012, China

Received 30 November 1999 / Accepted 27 May 2000


That a magnetic reconnection process occurs in a flare impulsive phase is reported in this letter, and together with the process an accompanying inflow is observed for the first time. The observations strongly suggest some forms of interaction between the two loop systems, and the process is also a strong suggestion of an inverse Y-type neutral line formation.

Key words: Radiation mechanisms: bremsstrahlung – Sun: corona – Sun: flares

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Online publication: July 13, 2000