Umbral dynamics in the near-infrared continuum

A. Andić, Wenda Cao, P. R. Goode

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We detected peaks of oscillatory power at 3 and ∼6.5 minutes in the umbra of the central sunspot of the active region NOAA AR 10707 in data obtained in the near-infrared (NIR) continuum at 1565.7nm. The NIR data set captured umbral dynamics around 50km below the τ500 = 1 level. The umbra does not oscillate as a whole, but rather in distinct parts that are distributed over the umbral surface. The most powerful oscillations, close to a period of ∼6.5, do not propagate upward. We noted a plethora of large umbral dots (UDs) that persisted for ≥30minutes and stayed in the same locations. The peaks of oscillatory power above the detected UDs are located at 3 and 5minute oscillations, but are very weak in comparison with the oscillations of ∼6.5 minutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number79
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Sun: oscillations
  • sunspots


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