Volume 532, August 2011
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||29 July 2011|
Continuous upflows and sporadic downflows observed in active regions
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS), Max-Planck-Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
2 School of Space Research, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Gyeonggi 446-701, Korea
Received: 4 May 2011
Accepted: 27 June 2011
Aims. We present a study of the temporal evolution of coronal loops in active regions and its implications for the dynamics in coronal loops.
Methods. We analyzed images of the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at multiple temperatures to detect apparent motions in the coronal loops.
Results. Quasi-periodic brightness fluctuations propagate upwards from the loop footpoint in hot emission at 1 MK, while sporadic downflows are seen in cool emission below 1 MK. The upward motion in hot emission increases just after the cool downflows.
Conclusions. The apparent propagating pattern suggests a hot upflow from the loop footpoints, and is considered to supply hot plasma into the coronal loop, but a wavelike phenomenon cannot be ruled out. Coronal condensation occasionally happens in the coronal loop, and the cool material flows down to the footpoint. Emission from cool plasma could have a significant contribution to hot AIA channels in the event of coronal condensation.
Key words: Sun: corona / Sun: transition region / Sun: UV radiation
© ESO, 2011
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