Prominence Oscillations

Iñigo Arregui 
Departament de Física, Universitat de les Illes Balears,
E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

and
Ramón Oliver 
Departament de Física, Universitat de les Illes Balears,
E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

and
José Luis Ballester 
Departament de Física, Universitat de les Illes Balears,
E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Abstract

Prominences are intriguing, but poorly understood, magnetic structures of the solar corona. The dynamics of solar prominences has been the subject of a large number of studies, and of particular interest is the study of prominence oscillations. Ground- and space-based observations have confirmed the presence of oscillatory motions in prominences and they have been interpreted in terms of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves. This interpretation opens the door to perform prominence seismology, whose main aim is to determine physical parameters in magnetic and plasma structures (prominences) that are difficult to measure by direct means. Here, we review the observational information gathered about prominence oscillations as well as the theoretical models developed to interpret small amplitude oscillations and their temporal and spatial attenuation. Finally, several prominence seismology applications are presented.


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