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Sunspot Light Walls Suppressed by Nearby Brightenings View all abstracts by submitter

Shuhong Yang   Submitted: 2017-06-22 19:01

Light walls, as ensembles of oscillating bright structures rooted in sunspot light bridges, have not been well studied, although they are important for understanding sunspot properties. Using the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and Solar Dynamics Observatory observations, here we study the evolution of two oscillating light walls each within its own active region (AR). The emission of each light wall decays greatly after the appearance of adjacent brightenings. For the first light wall, rooted within AR 12565, the average height, amplitude, and oscillation period significantly decrease from 3.5 Mm, 1.7 Mm, and 8.5 min to 1.6 Mm, 0.4 Mm, and 3.0 min, respectively. For the second light wall, rooted within AR 12597, the mean height, amplitude, and oscillation period of the light wall decrease from 2.1 Mm, 0.5 Mm, and 3.0 min to 1.5 Mm, 0.2 Mm, and 2.1 min, respectively. Particularly, a part of the second light wall becomes even invisible after the influence of nearby brightening. These results reveal that the light walls are suppressed by nearby brightenings. Considering the complex magnetic topology in light bridges, we conjecture that the fading of light walls may be caused by a drop in the magnetic pressure, where flux is cancelled by magnetic reconnection at the site of the nearby brightening. Another hypothesis is that the wall fading is due to the suppression of driver source (p-mode oscillation), resulting from the nearby avalanche of downward particles along reconnected brightening loops.

Authors: Shuhong Yang, Jun Zhang, Robertus Erdélyi, Yijun Hou, Xiaohong Li, Limei Yan
Projects: IRIS,SDO-AIA,SDO-HMI

Publication Status: accepted for publication in ApJL
Last Modified: 2017-06-28 08:42
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