Pulsations of microwave emission from a solar flare in a twisted loop caused by intrinsic magnetohydrodynamic oscillations

Christopher Smith, Mykola Gordovskyy, Philippa K. Browning

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Abstract

We present results revealing microwave pulsations produced in a model of a flaring twisted solar coronal loop, without any external oscillatory driver. Two types of oscillations are identified: slowly decaying oscillations with a period of about 70-75 s and amplitude of about 5-10 per cent seen in loops both with and without energetic electrons, and oscillations with a period of about 40 s and amplitude of a few tens of per cent observed only in loops with energetic electrons for about 100 s after the onset of fast energy release. We interpret the longer-period oscillations as the result of a standing kink mode modulating the average magnetic field strength in the loop, whilst the short-period intermittent oscillations associated with energetic electrons are likely to be produced by fast variations of the electric field, which produces energetic electrons in this scenario. The slowly decaying oscillations can explain the quasi-periodic pulsations often observed in the flaring corona.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2880-2884
Number of pages5
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Volume511
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Acceleration of particles
  • Sun: flares
  • Sun: oscillations
  • Sun: radio radiation

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