Solar Physics

, Volume 113, Issue 1–2, pp 13–30 | Cite as

Solar flares and magnetic topology

  • P. A. Sturrock


This article is a very brief review and comparison of the observational properties of flares and theoretical concepts of models of flares, especially the concepts of magnetic topology and its evolution. We examine the “environmental” aspects of flare behavior. Some of these aspects must be consequences of unknown processes occurring below the photosphere. Other aspects involve structures--such as filaments--that are closely related to flares. We then examine properties of flares to try to distinguish the different phases of energy release that can occur in the course of a flare. Finally we offer a schematic scenario and attempt to interpret these phases in terms of this scenario.


Flare Energy Release Solar Flare Theoretical Concept Observational Property 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Sturrock
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Space Science & Astrophysics, Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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