9th European meeting on Solar Physics location:UNIV FLORENCE, FLORENCE, ITALY date:12-18 Sep 1999
We study the time evolution of fast magnetosonic and Alfven waves in a coronal loop driven by random foot-point motions. The footpoint motions are assumed to be polarized normal to the magnetic flux surfaces in linear ideal MHD. De Groof et al. (1998) (Paper I) revealed for the case, in which the fast waves are decoupled from the Alfven waves, that the input energy is mainly stored in the body modes. Hence driving at the loop's feet forms a good basis for resonant absorption as heating mechanism. In order to determine the efficiency of resonant absorption, we therefore study the energy transfer from the body modes to the resonant Alfven waves in the case of coupling. We find that the growth of Alfven mode energy depends on several parameters. Subsequently we check whether the necessary small lengthscales are created on a realistic time scale for the coronal loop. We find that Alfven resonances are built up at the magnetic surfaces, where the local Alfven frequency equals the quasi-mode frequency, on time scales comparable to the lifetime of the loop. Finally we conclude that a random footpoint driving can produce enough resonances to give rise to a globally heated coronal loop.