Thursday, July 18, 2013

1307.4688 (Khalil Daiffallah)

Simulation of f-Mode Propagation Through a Cluster of Small Identical Magnetic Flux Tubes    [PDF]

Khalil Daiffallah
Motivated by the question of how to distinguish seismically between monolithic and cluster models of sunspots, we have simulated the propagation of an $f$-mode wave packet through two identical small magnetic flux tubes (R=200 km), embedded in a stratified atmosphere. We want to study the effect of separation $d$ and incidence angle $\chi$ on the scattered wave. We have demonstrated that the horizontal compact pair of tubes ($d/R=2$, $\chi=0$) oscillate as a single tube when the incident wave is propagating, which gives a scattered wave amplitude of about twice that from a single tube. The scattered amplitude decreases with increasing $d$ when $d$ is about $\lambda/2\pi$ where $\lambda$ is the wavelength of the incident wave packet. In this case the individual tubes start to oscillate separately in the manner of near-field scattering. When $d$ is about twice of $\lambda/2\pi$, scattering from individual tubes reaches the far-field regime, giving rise to coherent scattering with an amplitude similar to the case of the compact pair of tubes. For perpendicular incidence ($\chi=\pi/2$), the tubes oscillate simultaneously with the incident wave packet. Moreover, simulations show that a compact cluster oscillates almost as a single individual small tube and acts more like a scattering object, while a loose cluster shows multiple-scattering in the near-field and the absorption is largest when $d$ within the cluster is about $\lambda/2\pi$. This is the first step to understand the seismic response of a bundle of magnetic flux tubes in the context of sunspot and plage helioseismology.
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