Solar Physics

, Volume 217, Issue 2, pp 199–223 | Cite as

Linear and non-linear MHD wave propagation in steady-state magnetic cylinders

  • M. Terra-Homem
  • R. Erdélyi
  • I. Ballai
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Abstract

The propagation of linear and non-linear magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves in a straight homogeneous cylindrical magnetic flux tube embedded in a homogeneous magnetic environment is investigated. Both the tube and its environment are in steady state. Steady flows break the symmetry of forward (field-aligned) and backward (anti-parallel to magnetic field) propagating MHD wave modes because of the induced Doppler shifts. It is shown that strong enough flows change the sense of propagation of MHD waves. The flow also induces shifts in cut-off values and phase-speeds of the waves. Under photospheric conditions, if the flow is strong enough, the slow surface modes may disappear and the fast body modes may become present. The crossing of modes is also observed due to the presence of flows. The effect of steady-state background has to be considered particularly carefully when evaluating observation signatures of MHD waves for diagnostics in the solar atmosphere.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Terra-Homem
    • 1
  • R. Erdélyi
    • 1
  • I. Ballai
    • 1
  1. 1.Space and Atmosphere Research Centre, Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldU.K.

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