Ultraviolet oscillations in the chromosphere of the quiet Sun

Francis Keenan, Shaun Bloomfield, Michail Mathioudakis, R.T.J. McAteer, P.T. Gallagher, D.R. Williams

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Quiet-Sun oscillations in the four Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) ultraviolet passbands centered on 1700, 1600, 1216, and 1550 Angstrom are studied using a wavelet-based technique. Both network and internetwork regions show oscillations with a variety of periods and lifetimes in all passbands. The most frequent network oscillation has a period of 283 s, with a lifetime of 2-3 cycles in all passbands. These oscillations are discussed in terms of upwardly propagating magnetohydrodynamic wave models. The most frequent internetwork oscillation has a period of 252 s, again with a lifetime of 2-3 cycles, in all passbands. The tendency for these oscillations to recur in the same position is discussed in terms of "persistent flashers." The network contains greater oscillatory power than the internetwork at periods longer than 300 s in the low chromosphere. This value is shown to decrease to 250 s in the high chromosphere. The internetwork also displays a larger number of short-lifetime, long-period oscillations than the network, especially in the low chromosphere. Both network and internetwork regions contain a small number of nonrecurring long-lifetime oscillations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-445
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 I
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2004

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  • Space and Planetary Science


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