Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1301.2736 (S. Routh et al.)

Global and local cutoff frequencies for transverse waves propagating along solar magnetic flux tubes    [PDF]

S. Routh, Z. E. Musielak, R. Hammer
The propagation of linear transverse waves along a thin isothermal magnetic flux tube is affected by a global cutoff frequency that separates propagating and non-propagating waves. In this paper, wave propagation along a thin but non-isothermal flux tube is considered and a local cutoff frequency is derived. The effects of different temperature profiles on this local cutoff frequency are studied by considering different power-law temperature distributions as well as the semi-empirical VAL C model of the solar atmosphere. The results show that the conditions for wave propagation strongly depend on the temperature gradients. Moreover, the local cutoff frequency calculated for the VAL C model gives constraints on the range of wave frequencies that are propagating in different parts of the solar atmosphere. These theoretically predicted constraints are compared to observational data and are used to discuss the role played by transverse tube waves in the atmospheric heating and dynamics, and in the excitation of solar atmospheric oscillations.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.2736

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