Journal Article

Waves in the solar photosphere

B. P. Pandey, J. Vranjes and V. Krishan

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 386, issue 3, pages 1635-1643
Published in print May 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13144.x
Waves in the solar photosphere

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The solar photosphere is a partially ionized medium with collisions between electrons, various metallic ions and neutral hydrogen playing an important role in the momentum and energy transport in the medium. Furthermore, the number of neutral hydrogen atoms could be as large as 104 times the number of plasma particles in the lower photosphere. The non-ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) effects, namely Ohm, ambipolar and Hall diffusion, can play an important role in the photosphere. We demonstrate that Hall is an important non-ideal MHD effect in the solar photosphere and show that the Hall effect can significantly affect the excitation and propagation of the waves in the medium. We also demonstrate that the non-ideal Hall-dominated inhomogeneous medium can become parametrically unstable, and it could have important ramifications for the photosphere and chromosphere of the Sun. The analysis hints at the possibility of the solar photosphere becoming parametrically unstable against the linear fluctuations.

Keywords: MHD; waves; Sun: photosphere

Journal Article.  5518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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