On the period ratio P1/2P2 in the oscillations of coronal loops

McEwan, M.P. , Donnelly, G.R., Diaz, A.J. and Roberts, B. (2006) On the period ratio P1/2P2 in the oscillations of coronal loops. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 460(3), pp. 893-899. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20065313)

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<p>Aims. With strong evidence of fast and slow magnetoacoustic modes arising in the solar atmosphere there is scope for improved determinations of coronal parameters through coronal seismology. Of particular interest is the ratio P<sub>1</sub>/2P<sub>2</sub>between the period P<sub>1</sub> of the fundamental mode and the period P<sub>2</sub> of its first harmonic; in an homogeneous medium this ratio is one, but in a more complex configuration it is shifted to lower values.</p> <p>Methods. We consider analytically the effects on the different magnetohydrodynamic modes of structuring and stratification, pointing out that transverse or longitudinal structuring or gravitational stratification modifies the ratio P<sub>1</sub>/2P<sub>2</sub>.</p> <p>Results. The deviations caused by gravity and structure are studied for the fast and slow modes. Structure along the loop is found to be the dominant effect.</p> <p>Conclusions. The departure of P<sub>1</sub>/2P<sub>2</sub> from unity can be used as a seismological tool in the corona. We apply our technique to the observations by Verwichte et al. (2004), deducing the density scale height in a coronal loop.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McEwan, Dr Michael
Authors: McEwan, M.P., Donnelly, G.R., Diaz, A.J., and Roberts, B.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publisher:EDP Sciences
ISSN:0004-6361
ISSN (Online):1432-0746
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 ESO
First Published:First published in Astronomy & Astrophysics 460(3):763-770
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO

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