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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: David E. McKenzieen
dc.contributor.authorKobelski, Adam Roberten
dc.contributor.otherDavid E. McKenzie and Martin Donachie were co-authors of the article, 'Modeling active region transient brightenings observed with XRT as multi-stranded loops' in the journal 'The astrophysical journal' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.contributor.otherDavid E. McKenzie was a co-author of the article, 'Forward modeling transient brightenings and microflares around an active region observed with HI-C' submitted to the journal 'The astrophysical journal' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.contributor.otherDavid E. McKenzie, Daniel B. Seaton and Derek A. Lamb were co-authors of the article, 'Initiation of AR-AR reconnection after flux emergence using PROBA2 SWAP and LYRA' submitted to the journal 'The astrophysical journal' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.contributor.otherSteven H. Saar, Mark A.Weber, David E. McKenzie and Katharine K. Reeves were co-authors of the article, 'Calibrating data from the HINODE/X-ray telescope and associated uncertainties' in the journal 'Solar physics' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.description.abstractThe heating of the solar corona is an important topic both for scientists and modern society. One of the most fundamental of structures in the corona are bundles of plasma confined to the magnetic field, loops. Here we perform empirical studies to better understand the mechanisms responsible for heating loops. We observe loops in X-rays with XRT and model the observations as bundles of independent strands, showing that the mechanisms instigating the heating of loops is likely impulsive, yet requires multiple heating events to match observations. We also observe and model very small loops with Hi-C, exploiting the high resolution to show that the frequency with which small loops are heated is larger than expected. This study also puts constraints on the size of the heating events. We also perform a study on the initiation of magnetic reconnection between neighboring active regions, in hopes of understanding how magnetic fields interact, evolve and heat coronal loops. We close with a discussion on calibrating the data from a solar X-ray telescope and interpret the uncertainties within.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
dc.subject.lcshSolar magnetic fieldsen
dc.subject.lcshSolar flaresen
dc.titleEmpirical studies on the initiation of impulsive heating in coronal loopsen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2014 by Adam Robert Kobelskien
thesis.catalog.ckey2684852en, Graduate Committee: Dana W. Longcope; Sachiko Tsuruta; Charles C. Kankelborg; Greg Francis.en

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