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Tornadoes in the solar atmosphere: vorticities, $\beta=1$, $\tau=1$

Author: Christian Nutto
Affiliation: Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany

Co-authors: O. Steiner

Main category: Natural Sciences (Astronomy)

The sequence shows the evolution of dynamic structures resembling tornadoes in the solar atmosphere. The blue and green color scheme shows the vorticity in the solar atmosphere in the regions where solar tornadoes appear. The reddish contour shows the dynamic evolution of the $\beta=1$ layer, the gray contour displays the $\tau=1$ layer.

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The visiualization was done using VAPOR.

Further Reading: Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm, Eamon Scullion, Oskar Steiner et. al, "Magnetic tornadoes as energy channels into the solar corona", Nature 486, 2012

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