KU Leuven/CmPA Seminar: A simulation of flare-driven coronal rain

KU Leuven Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics Seminar


Speaker: Wenzhi Ruan - KU Leuven

Abstract: Coronal rains are cool materials (~10,000 K) that appear at hot corona. They are frequently observed in non-flaring loops of active regions and recently observed in flaring loops at gradual phases. Hot coronal loops (~10 MK) are often produced in flare events due to magnetic reconnection. The hot flare loops gradually recover to typical coronal temperature due to thermal conduction and radiative loss, during which condensation can happen due to thermal instability. Here we demonstrate how the rains formed in a flare loop with a two-and-a-half dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulation. We simulate a flare event from pre-flare phase all the way to gradual phase and successfully reproduce coronal rains. We find that thermal conduction and radiative losses alternately dominate the cooling of the flare loop. We find that runaway cooling and rain formation also induce the appearance of dark post-flare loop systems, as observed in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) channels

​The seminar will be in a hybrid mode, in person in room 200B 00.07. The following (permanent) link may be used for online access:


Date and time: Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00


Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00

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