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The effect of AMR on the advanced magnetized CME model

Tinatin Baratashvili1, Stefaan Poedts1,2, and Christine Verbeke3
Tinatin Baratashvili et al.
  • 1Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, KU Leuven, 3001, Leuven, Belgium
  • 2Institute of Physics, University of Maria Curie-Sk lodowska, Pl. M. Curie-Sk lodowskiej 5, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
  • 3Royal Observatory of Belgium, 1180 Brussels, Belgium

Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are the main drivers of interplanetary shocks and space weather disturbances. One of the key parameters that determine the geo-effectiveness of the CME is its internal magnetic configuration. Strong CMEs directed towards Earth can have a severe impact on our planet and their prediction can mitigate possible damages. 


The novel heliospheric model Icarus, which is implemented within the framework of MPI-AMRVAC (Xia et al., 2018) introduces new capabilities to model the heliospheric wind and real CME events. Advanced techniques, such as adaptive mesh refinement and grid stretching are implemented. By imposing these techniques, we avoid cell deformation in the domain and only the necessary/desired areas are refined to higher spatial resolutions (and coarsened again when the high resolution is no longer necessary, e.g. behind a travelling shock wave). The refinement and coarsening conditions are controlled by the user. These techniques result in optimised computer memory usage and a significant speed-up, which is crucial for forecasting purposes. 


In order to model the magnetic field of the CME and its interaction with the solar wind, the Gibson and Low model is implemented in Icarus. In order to assess the ICARUS model capabilities to predict the solar wind conditions in the heliosphere, especially at L1, we consider a real CME event.  Further, we perform a comparison of the results of the existing Linear Force-Free Spheromak model and the new advanced model. To perform the full comparison we compare the time series data at L1 and other satellites, while we also monitor the time that simulations require to model the heliospheric wind and CME events. 


The solution mesh refinement is applied to the CMEs in order to model its arrival time and interior magnetic field better. To analyse the results, the radial, longitudinal and latitudinal components of the magnetic field are compared to the original EUHFORIA simulations and the observed data. As a result, the new magnetized model gives an opportunity to model the CME better and a bigger range of parameters to investigate to model the event as accurately as possible.  


This research has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870405 (EUHFORIA 2.0).

How to cite: Baratashvili, T., Poedts, S., and Verbeke, C.: The effect of AMR on the advanced magnetized CME model, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-5020,, 2022.

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