Volume 371, Number 1, May III 2001
|Page(s)||333 - 342|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||15 May 2001|
Spatial analysis of solar type III events associated with narrow band spikes at metric wavelengths
Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zentrum, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
2 Paul Scherrer Institute, Würenlingen und Villigen, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
3 Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, DASOP & CNRS UMR 8645, 92195 Meudon, France
Corresponding author: G. Paesold, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 19 February 2001
The spatial association of narrow band metric radio spikes with type III bursts is analyzed. The analysis addresses the question of a possible causal relation between the spike emission and the acceleration of the energetic electrons causing the type III burst. The spikes are identified by the Phoenix-2 spectrometer (ETH Zurich) from survey solar observations in the frequency range from 220 MHz to 530 MHz. Simultaneous spatial information was provided by the Nançay Radioheliograph (NRH) at several frequencies. Five events were selected showing spikes at one or two and type III bursts at two or more Nançay frequencies. The 3-dimensional geometry of the single events has been reconstructed by applying different coronal density models. As a working hypothesis it is assumed that emission at the plasma frequency or its harmonic is the responsible radiation process for the spikes as well as for the type III bursts. It has been found that the spike source location is consistent with the backward extrapolation of the trajectory of the type III bursts, tracing a magnetic field line. In one of the analyzed events, type III bursts with two different trajectories originating from the same spike source could be identified. These findings support the hypothesis that narrow band metric spikes are closely related to the acceleration region.
Key words: Sun: flares / Sun: particle emission / Sun: radio radiation
© ESO, 2001
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