The effect of a twisted magnetic field on the phase mixing of the kink magnetohydrodynamic waves in coronal loops

26 Aug 2017  ·  Ebrahimi Zanyar, Karami Kayoomars, Soler Roberto ·

There are observational evidences for the existence of twisted magnetic field in the solar corona. This inspires us to investigate the effect of a twisted magnetic field on the evolution of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) kink waves in coronal loops... To this aim, we solve the incompressible linearized MHD equations in a magnetically twisted nonuniform coronal flux tube in the limit of long wavelengths. Our results show that a twisted magnetic field can enhance or diminish the rate of phase-mixing of the Alfv\'{e}n continuum modes and the decay rate of the global kink oscillation depending on the twist model and the sign of the longitudinal ($k_z$) and azimuthal ($m$) wavenumbers. Also our results confirm that in the presence of a twisted magnetic field, when the sign of one of the two wavenumbers $m$ and $k_z$ is changed, the symmetry with respect to the propagation direction is broken. Even a small amount of twist can have an important impact on the process of energy cascade to small scales. read more

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Solar and Stellar Astrophysics