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Electron thermal escape in the Sun

Bommier, V.

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Wolk, Scott

Magnetic field vector observations in the solar photosphere have generally revealed a non-zero value of the divergence: the vertical field component gradient is found on the order of 3 G/km when the horizontal field component gradient is of 0.3 G/km only. This has first to be assigned to the fact that the measured quantity is the magnetic field H, which is related to the divergence-free magnetic induction B by the law B=µ0(H+M), where M is the magnetization. In plasmas like the solar photosphere, magnetization results from plasma diamagnetism and spiral movement of charged particles about the magnetic field. The usually admitted but very indirect electron density leads to weak magnetization. However, it can be observed that in the solar interior the electron thermal velocity is much larger than the escape velocity. The attractive effect of the protons does not completely prevent the electrons from escaping. A model of this will be presented. The electrons escape from lower layers in a quasi-static spreading, and accumulate in the photosphere. Therefore, the electron density at surface is increased but decreases with height at surface, which enables the observed values because divH = -divM. Such a structure is probably at play in the solar-type stars.

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  • Bommier, V., 2020, A&A, 634, A40, https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201935244

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