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Solar Flares and Magnetic Topology,
STANFORD UNIV CA CENTER FOR SPACE SCIENCE AND ASTROPHYSICS
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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 occuring 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 a schematic scenario is offered to interpret these phases in terms of this scenario.
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