Longitudinal intensity oscillations in coronal loops observed with TRACE - II. Discussion of Measured Parameters

Ineke De Moortel, Alan William Hood, J Ireland, RW Walsh

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In this paper, we give a detailed discussion of the parameters of longitudinal oscillations in coronal loops, described in Paper I. We found a surprising absence of correlations between the measured variables, with the exception of a relation between the estimated damping length and the period of the intensity variations. Only for 2 out of the 38 cases presented in Paper I did we find a significant perturbation in the 195 Angstrom TRACE data. The loops supporting the propagating disturbances were typically stable, quiescent loops and the total luminosity of the analyzed structures generally varied by no more than 10%. The observed density oscillations are unlikely to be flare-driven and are probably caused by an underlying driver exciting the loop footpoints. It was demonstrated that the rapid damping of the perturbations could not simply be explained as a consequence of the decreasing intensity along the loops. However, we found that (slightly enhanced) thermal conduction alone could account for the observed damping lengths and wavelengths, and, additionally, explain the correlation between propagation period and damping length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-108
Number of pages20
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002




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