UVCS/SOHO observations of a CME-driven shock: Consequences on ion heating mechanisms behind a coronal shock
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS 50, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
2 : Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Strada Osservatorio 20, Pino Torinese 10025, Italy
Corresponding author: S. Mancuso, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 15 November 2001
We report the observation of a 1100 km s-1 CME-driven shock with the UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS) telescope operating on board SOHO on March 3, 2000. The shock speed was derived from the type II radio burst drift rate and from UVCS observations that can yield the density profile just before the passage of the shock. A CME projected speed of 920 km s-1 was deduced from the Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) white light images, indicating that the CME leading edge was lagging behind at about 20% of the shock speed. The spectral profiles of both the O VI and Lyα lines were Doppler dimmed and broadened at the passage of the shock by the emission from shocked material along the line of sight. The observed line broadening for both protons and oxygen ions was modeled by adopting a mechanism in which the heating is due to the nondeflection of the ions at the shock ramp in a quasi-perpendicular shock wave. This specific ion heating model was able to reproduce the observed spectroscopic properties of the shocked plasma.
Key words: Sun: corona, UV radiation, radio radiation / shock waves / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
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