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Astron. Astrophys. 355, L23-L26 (2000)

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Letter to the Editor

Observation of oscillations in coronal loops

I. De Moortel 1, J. Ireland 2 and R.W. Walsh 1

1 University of St Andrews, School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS, Scotland
2 ESA at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, Room G-1, Building 26, Mail Code 682.3, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA

Received 15 December 1999 / Accepted 28 January 2000


On March 23rd 1999, a set of TRACE observations in the 171 Å (FeIX ) bandpass was made of active region AR 8496. A wavelet analysis of a bright loop-footpoint to the south west of this active region displays outward propagating perturbations with periods 180-420 seconds at approximately 70-165 km s-1. We suggest that these oscillations are slow magneto-acoustic waves propagating along the loop, carrying an estimated energy flux of [FORMULA] ergs cm-2 s-1.

Key words: Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) – Sun: activity – Sun: corona – Sun: oscillations

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Online publication: March 9, 2000