Transverse oscillations in chromospheric mottles

David Kuridze, R. J. Morton, R. Erdélyi, G. D. Dorrian, M. Mathioudakis, D. B. Jess, F. P. Keenan

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A number of recent investigations have revealed that transverse waves are ubiquitous in the solar chromosphere. The vast majority of these have been reported in limb spicules and active region fibrils. We investigate long-lived, quiet-Sun, on-disk features such as chromospheric mottles (jet-like features located at the boundaries of supergranular cells) and their transverse motions. The observations were obtained with the Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere instrument at the Dunn Solar Telescope. The data set is comprised of simultaneous imaging in the Hα core, Ca II K, and G band of an on-disk quiet-Sun region. Time-distance techniques are used to study the characteristics of the transverse oscillations. We detect over 40 transverse oscillations in both bright and dark mottles, with periods ranging from 70 to 280 s, with the most frequent occurrence at ~165 s. The velocity amplitudes and transverse displacements exhibit characteristics similar to limb spicules. Neighboring mottles oscillating in-phase are also observed. The transverse oscillations of individual mottles are interpreted in terms of magnetohydrodynamic kink waves. Their estimated periods and damping times are consistent with phase mixing and resonant mode conversion
Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2012


  • magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
  • sun: atmosphere
  • sun: chromosphere
  • sun: oscillations
  • magnetic fields
  • waves


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