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Volume 399, Number 1, February III 2003
Page(s) L15 - L18
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030084

A&A 399, L15-L18 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030084


Observation of coronal loop torsional oscillation

T. V. Zaqarashvili

Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, Al. Kazbegi ave. 2a, 380060 Tbilisi, Georgia
(Received 22 November 2002 / Accepted 14 January 2003)

We suggest that the global torsional oscillation of solar coronal loop may be observed by the periodical variation of a spectral line width. The amplitude of the variation must be maximal at the velocity antinodes and minimal at the nodes of the torsional oscillation. Then the spectroscopic observation as a time series at different heights above the active region at the solar limb may allow to determine the period and wavelength of global torsional oscillation and consequently the Alfvén speed in corona. From the analysis of early observation (Egan & Schneeberger 1979) we suggest the value of coronal Alfvén speed as ~500 km s -1.

Key words: Sun: corona -- Sun: oscillations

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