Resonant absorption of transverse oscillations and associated heating in a solar prominence. II. Numerical aspects

Antolin, Patrick, Okamoto, Takenori J., De Pontieu, Bart, Uitenbroek, Han, Van Doorsselaere, Tom and Yokoyama, Takaaki (2015) Resonant absorption of transverse oscillations and associated heating in a solar prominence. II. Numerical aspects. The Astrophysical Journal, 809 (1). p. 72. ISSN 0004-637X

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Transverse magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves are ubiquitous in the solar atmosphere and may be responsible for generating the Sun's million-degree outer atmosphere. However, direct evidence of the dissipation process and heating from these waves remains elusive. Through advanced numerical simulations combined with appropriate forward modeling of a prominence flux tube, we provide the observational signatures of transverse MHD waves in prominence plasmas. We show that these signatures are characterized by a thread-like substructure, strong transverse dynamical coherence, an out-of-phase difference between plane-of-the-sky motions and line-of-sight velocities, and enhanced line broadening and heating around most of the flux tube. A complex combination between resonant absorption and Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities (KHIs) takes place in which the KHI extracts the energy from the resonant layer and dissipates it through vortices and current sheets, which rapidly degenerate into turbulence. An inward enlargement of the boundary is produced in which the turbulent flows conserve the characteristic dynamics from the resonance, therefore guaranteeing detectability of the resonance imprints. We show that the features described in the accompanying paper through coordinated Hinode and Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observations match the numerical results well.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Instabilities, Magnetohydrodynamics: MHD, Sun: activity, Sun: corona, Sun: filaments, Prominences, Sun: oscillations
Subjects: F300 Physics
F500 Astronomy
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 00:00

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