Vortices in the Solar Photosphere

S. Shelyag, V. Fedun, R. Erdélyi, F. P. Keenan, M. Mathioudakis

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Using numerical simulations of the magnetized solar photosphere and radiative diagnostics of the simulated photospheric models, we further analyse the physical nature of magnetic photospheric intergranular vortices. We confirm the magnetic nature of the vortices and find that most MHD Umov-Poynting flux is produced by horizontal vortex motions in the magnetised intergranular lanes. In addition, we consider possible ways to directly observe photospheric magnetic vortices using spectropolarimetry. Although horizontal plasma motions cannot be detected in the spectropolarimetric observations of solar disk center, we find an observational signature of photospheric vortices in simulated observations of Stokes-V amplitude asymmetry close to the solar limb. Potential ways to find the vortices in the observations are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond ATST-EAST Meeting: Magnetic Fields from the Photosphere to the Corona.
EditorsT.~R. Rimmele, A. Tritschler, F. Wöger, M. Collados Vera, H. Socas-Navarro, R. Schlichenmaier, M. Carlsson, T. Berger, A. Cadavid, P.~R. Gilbert, P.~R. Goode, M. Knölker
Place of PublicationSan Francisco
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-58381-809-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-58381-808-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAstronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series


  • Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics


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