Vertical oscillations of a curved coronal slab in an inhomogeneous plasma

M. Gruszecki, K. Murawski, S. Fromang, R. Teyssier

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The influence of a few different Alfvén speed profiles VA(z) on the development of vertical oscillations of a curved coronal slab is investigated. Three particular cases are discussed: (a) dVA/dz < 0, (b) dVA/dz = 0, (c) dVA/dz > 0. These cases correspond respectively to the presence of wave tunnelling into the ambient medium above the slab (a), lack of any tunnelling (b), and tunnelling into the ambient medium below the slab (c). Two-dimensional ideal magnetohydrodynamic equations are solved by numerical means and the slab oscillations are triggered impulsively by an initial pulse in the vertical component of the momentum. We find that vertical oscillations exhibit time-signatures with characteristic wave period P and attenuation time τ. These parameters vary with VA(z). A smallest value of P is associated with the case of (c). A strongest attenuation (smallest τ) of vertical oscillations takes place in the case of (a). A simple model of coronal loop oscillations leads to numerical results which are akin to the observational data of Wang and Solanki (2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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