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Volume 27, issue 10
Ann. Geophys., 27, 3899–3908, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-27-3899-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
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Ann. Geophys., 27, 3899–3908, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-27-3899-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  13 Oct 2009

13 Oct 2009

3-D numerical simulations of coronal loops oscillations

M. Selwa1,2 and L. Ofman1,2,3 M. Selwa and L. Ofman
  • 1Department of Physics, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, 200 Hannan Hall, Washington, D.C., 20064, USA
  • 2NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 671, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
  • 3Visiting Associate Prof. Dept. of Geophysics & Planetary Sciences Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Abstract. We present numerical results of 3-D MHD model of a dipole active region field containing a loop with a higher density than its surroundings. We study different ways of excitation of vertical kink oscillations by velocity perturbation: as an initial condition, and as an impulsive excitation with a pulse of a given position, duration, and amplitude. These properties are varied in the parametric studies. We find that the amplitude of vertical kink oscillations is significantly amplified in comparison to horizontal kink oscillations for exciters located centrally (symmetrically) below the loop, but not if the exciter is located a significant distance to the side of the loop. This explains why the pure vertical kink mode is so rarely observed in comparison to the horizontally polarized one. We discuss the role of curved magnetic field lines and the pulse overlapping at one of the loop's footpoints in 3-D active regions (AR's) on the excitation and the damping of slow standing waves. We find that footpoint excitation becomes more efficient in 3-D curved loops than in 2-D curved arcades and that slow waves can be excited within an interval of time that is comparable to the observed one wave-period due to the combined effect of the pulse inside and outside the loop. Additionally, we study the effect of AR topology on the excitation and trapping of loop oscillations. We find that a perturbation acting directly on a single loop excites oscillations, but results in an increased leakage compared to excitation of oscillations in an AR field by an external source.

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