We recently detected variations in extreme ultraviolet intensity in coronal loops repeating with periods of several hours. Models of loops including stratified and quasi-steady heating predict the development of a state of thermal non-equilibrium (TNE): cycles of evaporative upflows at the footpoints followed by falling condensations at the apex. Based on Fourier and wavelet analysis, we demonstrate that the observed periodic signals are indeed not signatures of vibrational modes. Instead, superimposed on the power law expected from the stochastic background emission, the power spectra of the time series exhibit the discrete harmonics and continua expected from periodic trains of pulses of random amplitudes. These characteristics reinforce our earlier interpretation of these pulsations as being aborted TNE cycles.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- August 2016
- Sun: corona;
- Sun: UV radiation;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 827, Issue 2, article id. 152, 9 pp. (2016)