Interaction of Two Active Region Filaments Observed by NVST and SDO [SSA]

Using high spatial and temporal resolution H$\alpha$ data from the New Vacuum Solar Telescope (NVST) and simultaneous observations from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), we present a rare event on the interaction between two filaments (F1 and F2) in AR 11967 on 2014 January 31. The adjacent two filaments were almost perpendicular to each other. Their interaction was driven by the movement of F1 and started when the two filaments collided with each other. During the interaction, the threads of F1 continuously slipped from the northeast to the southwest, accompanied by the brightenings at the junction of two filaments and the northeast footpoint of F2. Part of F1 and the main body of F2 became invisible in H$\alpha$ wavelength due to the heating and the motion of F2. At the same time, bright material initiated from the junction of two filaments were observed to move along F1. The magnetic connectivities of F1 were found to be changed after their interaction. These observations suggest that magnetic reconnection was involved in the interaction of two filaments and resulted in the eruption of one filament.

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L. Yang, X. Yan, T. Li, et. al.
Tue, 7 Mar 17

Comments: 18 pages, 6 figures, accepted by ApJ