Space Science Reviews

, Volume 149, Issue 1–4, pp 355–388 | Cite as

Oscillations and Waves in Solar Spicules

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Abstract

Since their discovery, spicules have attracted increased attention as energy/mass bridges between the dense and dynamic photosphere and the tenuous hot solar corona. Mechanical energy of photospheric random and coherent motions can be guided by magnetic field lines, spanning from the interior to the upper parts of the solar atmosphere, in the form of waves and oscillations. Since spicules are one of the most pronounced features of the chromosphere, the energy transport they participate in can be traced by the observations of their oscillatory motions. Oscillations in spicules have been observed for a long time. However the recent high-resolution and high-cadence space and ground based facilities with superb spatial, temporal and spectral capacities brought new aspects in the research of spicule dynamics. Here we review the progress made in imaging and spectroscopic observations of waves and oscillations in spicules. The observations are accompanied by a discussion on theoretical modelling and interpretations of these oscillations. Finally, we embark on the recent developments made on the presence and role of Alfvén and kink waves in spicules. We also address the extensive debate made on the Alfvén versus kink waves in the context of the explanation of the observed transverse oscillations of spicule axes.

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Solar physics 

PACS

96.60.-j 96.60.Na 96.60.Mz 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory at the Faculty of Physics and MathematicsI. Chavchavadze State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  2. 2.Solar Physics & Space Plasma Research Centre (SP²RC), Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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