Letters to the Editor
Oscillations in the wake of a flare blast wave⋆
Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung,
2 Interferometrics, Inc. 13454 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20171 , USA
Received: 24 June 2010
Accepted: 31 January 2011
Context. Oscillations of coronal loops in the Sun have been reported in both imaging and spectral observations at the onset of flares. Images reveal transverse oscillations, whereas spectra detect line-of-sight velocity or Doppler-shift oscillations. The Doppler-shift oscillations are commonly interpreted as longitudinal modes.
Aims. Our aim is to investigate the relationship between loop dynamics and flows seen in TRACE 195 Å images and Doppler shifts observed by SUMER in Si iii 1113.2 Å and FeXIX 1118.1 Å at the time of a C.8-class limb flare and an associated CME.
Methods. We carefully co-aligned the sequence of TRACE 195 Å images to structures seen in the SUMER Si iii, CaX, and FeXIX emission lines. Additionally, Hα observations of a lifting prominence associated with the flare and the coronal mass ejection (CME) are available in three bands around 6563.3 Å. They give constraints on the timing and geometry.
Results. Large-scale Doppler-shift oscillations in FeXIX and transverse oscillations in intensity images were observed over a large region of the corona after the passage of a wide bright extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) disturbance, which suggests ionization, heating, and acceleration of hot plasma in the wake of a blast wave.
Key words: waves / Sun: corona / Sun: coronal mass ejections (CMEs) / Sun: flares / Sun: oscillations
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