Aims. We investigate the capability of multistranded loop models subject to nanoflare heating to reproduce the properties recently observed in coronal loops at extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths. Methods. One-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations of magnetic loop strands were performed with an impulsive, footpoint-localised heating, with a moderate asymmetry between the two loop halves that was produced either by a sequence of identical nanoflares with a given cadence time t(C) or by a single energy pulse. The temporal evolution of the emission of a multistranded loop was modelled by simply combining the results of independent single-strand simulations, neglecting any spatial interaction among the strands, and was compared with TRACE and SDO/AIA light curves. The density excess with respect to hydrostatic equilibrium (the psi factor) was evaluated with the filter-ratio technique. Results. Both loop models exhibit a density excess compared with hydrostatic equilibrium models, which agrees well with the observed values (1 less than or similar to psi less than or similar to 12). However, in the single-pulse model the light curve and density excess maxima do not match. On the other hand, the models with a sequence of nanoflares predict strong emission at lower temperatures that cannot be reconciled with the available observations.

Properties of multistranded, impulsively heated hydrodynamic loop models

LANZAFAME, Alessandro Carmelo;
2013

Abstract

Aims. We investigate the capability of multistranded loop models subject to nanoflare heating to reproduce the properties recently observed in coronal loops at extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths. Methods. One-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations of magnetic loop strands were performed with an impulsive, footpoint-localised heating, with a moderate asymmetry between the two loop halves that was produced either by a sequence of identical nanoflares with a given cadence time t(C) or by a single energy pulse. The temporal evolution of the emission of a multistranded loop was modelled by simply combining the results of independent single-strand simulations, neglecting any spatial interaction among the strands, and was compared with TRACE and SDO/AIA light curves. The density excess with respect to hydrostatic equilibrium (the psi factor) was evaluated with the filter-ratio technique. Results. Both loop models exhibit a density excess compared with hydrostatic equilibrium models, which agrees well with the observed values (1 less than or similar to psi less than or similar to 12). However, in the single-pulse model the light curve and density excess maxima do not match. On the other hand, the models with a sequence of nanoflares predict strong emission at lower temperatures that cannot be reconciled with the available observations.
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