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Volume 373, Number 3, July III 2001
Page(s) 1083 - 1088
Section The Sun
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010679

A&A 373, 1083-1088 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010679

Group of type III bursts and its associated spikes

S. J. Wang, Y. H. Yan and Q. J. Fu

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, PR China

(Received 6 March 2001 / Accepted 2 May 2001)

A group of type III bursts in solar radio bursts, observed with the 2.6-3.8 GHz spectrometer of the Beijing Astronomical Observatory on April 15 1998, is selected and analyzed. The type III bursts are associated with a large number of spikes, which have been recorded by the spectrometer at high temporal resolution (8 ms). We report the observational characteristics of the type III bursts and the corresponding spikes including duration, frequency bandwidth, drift rate and quasi-periodicity. Afterwards we discuss the space scale, the brightness temperature and the magnetic field strength at the emission source region. Finally we investigate the mechanism which would cause the quasi-periodicity of the type III bursts and the short time scale of the spikes theoretically. It is suggested that the type III bursts and the spikes differ clearly between their source regions in the space scale, the brightness temperature, the magnetic field strength and the magnetic structure.

Key words: Sun: radio radiation -- Sun: corona

Offprint request: S. J. Wang, wsj@sun10.bao.ac.cn or wsj888@263.net

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