Volume 561, January 2014
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||20 December 2013|
Frequency variations of solar radio zebras and their power-law spectra
Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 25165 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
Received: 27 August 2013
Accepted: 21 November 2013
Context. During solar flares several types of radio bursts are observed. The fine striped structures of the type IV solar radio bursts are called zebras. Analyzing them provides important information about the plasma parameters of their radio sources. We present a new analysis of zebras.
Aims. Power spectra of the frequency variations of zebras are computed to estimate the spectra of the plasma density variations in radio zebra sources.
Methods. Frequency variations of zebra lines and the high-frequency boundary of the whole radio burst were determined with and without the frequency fitting. The computed time dependencies of these variations were analyzed with the Fourier method.
Results. First, we computed the variation spectrum of the high-frequency boundary of the whole radio burst, which is composed of several zebra patterns. This power spectrum has a power-law form with a power-law index –1.65. Then, we selected three well-defined zebra-lines in three different zebra patterns and computed the spectra of their frequency variations. The power-law indices in these cases are found to be in the interval between –1.61 and –1.75. Finally, assuming that the zebra-line frequency is generated on the upper-hybrid frequency and that the plasma frequency ωpe is much higher than the electron-cyclotron frequency ωce, the Fourier power spectra are interpreted to be those of the electron plasma density in zebra radio sources.
Key words: Sun: radio radiation / plasmas / turbulence
© ESO, 2013
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