CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 43, No.: 1, year: 2013

Abstract: Alfvén waves are considered as potential transporters of energy heating the solar corona. We seek spectroscopic signatures of the Alfvén waves in the chromosphere occupied by a bright network element, investigating temporal variations of the spectral width, intensity, Dopplershift, and the asymmetry of the core of the Hα spectral line observed by the tunable Lyot filter installed on the Dutch Open Telescope. The spectral characteristics are derived through the fitting of five intensity samples, separated from each other by 0.35 Å, by a 4th-order polynomial. The bright network element displays the most pronounced variations of the Dopplershift varying from 0 to 4 km s-1 about the average of 1.5 km s-1. This fact implies a persistent redshift of the Hα core with a redward asymmetry of about 0.5 km s-1, suggesting an inverse-C bisector. The variations of the core intensity up to ±10 % and the core width up to ±5 % about the respective averages are much less pronounced, but still detectable. The core intensity variations lag behind the Dopplershift variations about 2.1 min. The Hα core width tends to correlate with the Dopplershift and anticorrelate with the asymmetry, suggesting that more redshifted Hα profiles are wider and the broadening of the Hα core is accompanied with a change of the core asymmetry from redward to blueward. We also found a striking anticorrelation between the core asymmetry and the Dopplershift, suggesting a change of the core asymmetry from redward to blueward with an increasing redshift of the Hα core. The data and the applied analysis do not show meaningful tracks of Alfvén waves in the selected network element.

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