MHD seismology of coronal loops using the period and damping of quasi-mode kink oscillations

Invio Arregui, Jesse Andries, Tom Van Doorsselaere, Marcel Goossens, S Poedts

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Aims: We combine the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) theory of resonantly damped quasi-mode kink oscillations with observational estimates of the period and damping of transverse coronal loop oscillations to extract information on physical parameters in oscillating loops. Methods. A numerical study of the quasi-mode period and damping, in one-dimensional fully non-uniform flux tubes, is used to obtain equilibrium models that reproduce the observed periods and damping rates. This scheme is applied to 11 loop oscillation events. Results. When only the damping rate is used, the valid equilibrium models form a one-dimensional solution curve in the two-dimensional parameter space (density contrast, transverse inhomogeneity length-scale). Lower limits to the transverse inhomogeneity are obtained in the limit of high contrast loops. When both the period and the damping rate are used, the equilibrium Alfven speed (or Alfven travel time) comes into play. The valid equilibrium models then form a one-dimensional solution curve in the three-dimensional parameter space (density contrast, transverse inhomogeneity length-scale, Alfven speed or Alfven travel time). The projection of these solutions onto the Alfven speed axis is found to be constrained to a rather limited interval. Upper limits to the internal Alfven speed are derived for 9 of the 11 analysed events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333 - 338
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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