Alfvén instability of steady state flux tubes. Isothermal flow

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Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA68
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2011
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An application of a recently discovered MHD instability to an open magnetic flux tube is investigated. The flux tube is gravitationally stratified and permeated by a smooth subsonic and sub-Alfvenic isothermal flow. The stability of such a tube with respect to small amplitude torsional perturbations generated at the footpoint by random convective motions is analysed. The perturbations are exponentially amplified in time if a narrow region exists where the flux tube rapidly expands. The obtained results may account for the nonthermal broadenings associated with upflows in magnetic regions of the lower solar atmosphere.


  • instabilities, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), Sun: atmosphere