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Observed damping of the slow magnetoacoustic mode

By M. S. Marsh, I. De Moortel and R. W. Walsh


Spectroscopic and stereoscopic imaging observations of slow magnetoacoustic wave propagation within a coronal loop are investigated to determine the decay length scale of the slow magnetoacoustic mode in three dimensions and the density profile within the loop system. The slow wave is found to have an e-folding decay length scale of $20,000^{+4000}_{-3000}$km with a uniform density profile along the loop base. These observations place quantitive constraints on the modelling of wave propagation within coronal loops. Theoretical forward modelling suggests that magnetic field line divergence is the dominant damping factor and thermal conduction is insufficient, given the observed parameters of the coronal loop temperature, density and wave mode period.Comment: Accepted for publication in Ap

Topics: Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0004-637X/734/2/81
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