Solar Physics

, Volume 279, Issue 2, pp 427–452 | Cite as

Propagating Disturbances in Coronal Loops: A Detailed Analysis of Propagation Speeds

  • G. Kiddie
  • I. De Moortel
  • G. Del Zanna
  • S. W. McIntosh
  • I. Whittaker


Quasi-periodic disturbances have been observed in the outer solar atmosphere for many years. Although first interpreted as upflows (Schrijver et al., Solar Phys. 187, 261, 1999), they have been widely regarded as slow magneto-acoustic waves, due to their observed velocities and periods. However, recent observations have questioned this interpretation, as periodic disturbances in Doppler velocity, line width, and profile asymmetry were found to be in phase with the intensity oscillations (De Pontieu and McIntosh, Astrophys. J. 722, 1013, 2010; Tian, McIntosh, and De Pontieu, Astrophys. J. Lett. 727, L37, 2011), suggesting that the disturbances could be quasi-periodic upflows. Here we conduct a detailed analysis of the velocities of these disturbances across several wavelengths using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). We analysed 41 examples, including both sunspot and non-sunspot regions of the Sun. We found that the velocities of propagating disturbances (PDs) located at sunspots are more likely to be temperature dependent, whereas the velocities of PDs at non-sunspot locations do not show a clear temperature dependence. This suggests an interpretation in terms of slow magneto-acoustic waves in sunspots but the nature of PDs in non-sunspot (plage) regions remains unclear. We also considered on what scale the underlying driver is affecting the properties of the PDs. Finally, we found that removing the contribution due to the cooler ions in the 193 Å wavelength suggests that a substantial part of the 193 Å emission of sunspot PDs can be attributed to the cool component of 193 Å.


Oscillations Corona Waves Flows Velocities 



G.K. acknowledges the financial support of the STFC. I.D.M. acknowledges support of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. The authors would like to thank H. Tian for useful comments on the article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Kiddie
    • 1
  • I. De Moortel
    • 1
  • G. Del Zanna
    • 2
  • S. W. McIntosh
    • 3
  • I. Whittaker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsScotland, UK
  2. 2.Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA

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