Living Reviews in Solar Physics: "Prominence oscillations" (Update)

© SpringerIñigo Arregui, Ramón Oliver & José Luis Ballester, "Prominence oscillations", Living Rev Sol Phys (2018) 15: 3.

Open Access | Review Article

First Online: 23 April 2018

Major revision, updated and expanded.

"This is an excellent update of the 2011 review on MHD waves in prominences. The authors have added discussions of relevant papers published since 2011. The paper provides a comprehensive review of oscillations in solar prominences, including observations, relevant theory, and seismology. The review is well written, covers the majority of important issues and recent achievements, and provides references to the majority of key publications in this research field."


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 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 and large amplitude oscillations and their temporal and spatial attenuation. Finally, several prominence seismology applications are presented.

The authors:

Iñigo Arregui is an Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC). His research is focused on wave activity in the solar atmosphere, tools for remote sensing of solar atmospheric plasmas, and the study of wave based plasma heating mechanisms.

Ramón Oliver and José Luis Ballester are Professors at the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma. As members of the Solar Physics Group, both study MHD waves and instabilities in solar prominences, seismology of the solar corona, and behaviour of the solar activity.