Coronal seismology by means of kink oscillation overtones

J. Andries*, T. Van Doorsselaere, B. Roberts, G. Verth, E. Verwichte, R. Erdélyi

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The detection of overtones of coronal loop kink oscillations has been an important advance in the development of coronal seismology. It has significantly increased the potential of coronal seismology and has thus initiated important theoretical and observational improvements. New detections of overtones have been made and a reduction of the error bars has been obtained. The efforts of theoreticians to extend eigenmode studies to more general coronal loop models is no longer a matter of checking the robustness of the model but now also allows for the estimation of certain equilibrium parameters. The frequencies of the detected (longitudinal) overtones are in particular sensitive to changes in the equilibrium properties along the loop, especially the density and the magnetic field expansion. Also, attempts have been made to use the limited longitudinal resolution in combination with the theoretical eigenmodes as an additional seismological tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-29
Number of pages27
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
  • Sun-corona
  • Sun-magnetic fields
  • Sun-oscillations
  • Waves


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