University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Astrophysical Journal vol:760 issue:2
Observations show that propagating magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves are ubiquitous in the solar atmosphere. The technique of MHD seismology uses the wave observations combined with MHD wave theory to indirectly infer physical parameters of the solar atmospheric plasma and magnetic field. Here we present an analytical seismological inversion scheme for propagating MHD waves. This scheme uses in a consistent manner the observational information on wavelengths and damping lengths, along with observed values of periods or phase velocities, and is based on approximate asymptotic expressions for the theoretical values of wavelengths and damping lengths. The applicability of the inversion scheme is discussed and an example is given.