Damping of phase-mixed slow magneto-acoustic waves: Real or apparent?

Yuriy Voitenko, Jesse Andries, Paula Copil, Marcel Goossens

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Abstract

The propagation of slow magnetoacoustic waves along a multithreaded coronal loop is modelled analytically by means of a ray tracing method. It is shown how cross field gradients build up due to phase mixing. The cross field gradients can enhance shear viscosity so that it dominates over compressive viscosity. Nevertheless the short dissipation distances (a??107 m) observed for slow waves in coronal loops require very small cross field length cales which imply a filamentary structure on scales at least three orders of magnitude below the current detection limit of TRACE and close to the limit where magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory breaks down. The observed dissipation distances can alternatively be explained by phase mixing in its ideal regime, where the apparent damping is due to the spatial integration of the phase mixed amplitudes by the observation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L47 - L50
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Volume437
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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