Determination of the cross-field density structuring in coronal waveguides using the damping of transverse waves
Context. Time and spatial damping of transverse magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) kink oscillations is a source of information on the cross-field variation of the plasma density in coronal waveguides.
Aims: We show that a probabilistic approach to the problem of determining the density structuring from the observed damping of transverse oscillations enables us to obtain information on the two parameters that characterise the cross-field density profile.
Methods: The inference is performed by computing the marginal posterior distributions for density contrast and transverse inhomogeneity length-scale using Bayesian analysis and damping ratios for transverse oscillations under the assumption that damping is produced by resonant absorption.
Results: The obtained distributions show that, for damping times of a few oscillatory periods, low density-contrasts and short inhomogeneity length scales are more plausible to explain observations.
Conclusions: This means that valuable information on the cross-field density profile can be obtained even if the inversion problem, with two unknowns and one observable, is a mathematically ill-posed problem.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- May 2014
- magnetohydrodynamics (MHD);
- methods: statistical;
- Sun: corona;
- Sun: oscillations;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 5 pages, 3 figures, accepted