Volume 651, July 2021
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||28 July 2021|
Letter to the Editor
Radio evidence for a shock wave reflected by a coronal hole
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Via Osservatorio 20, Pino Torinese 10025, Italy
2 Università degli Studi di Torino – Dipartimento di Fisica, Via Pietro Giuria 1, Torino, TO, Italy
Accepted: 8 July 2021
We report the first unambiguous observational evidence in the radio range of the reflection of a coronal shock wave at the boundary of a coronal hole. The event occurred above an active region located at the northwest limb of the Sun and was characterized by an eruptive prominence and an extreme-ultraviolet wave steepening into a shock. The EUV observations acquired by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager instrument on board the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory were used to track the development of the EUV front in the inner corona. Metric type II radio emission, a distinguishing feature of shock waves propagating in the inner corona, was simultaneously recorded by ground-based radio spectrometers. The radio dynamic spectra displayed an unusual reversal of the type II emission lanes, together with type III-like herringbone emission, indicating shock-accelerated electron beams. Combined analysis of imaging data from the two space-based EUV instruments and the Nançay Radioheliograph evidences that the reverse-drifting type II emission was produced at the intersection of the shock front, reflected at a coronal hole boundary, with an intervening low-Alfvén-speed region characterized by an open field configuration. We also provide an outstanding data-driven reconstruction of the spatiotemporal evolution in the inner corona of the shock-accelerated electron beams produced by the reflected shock.
Key words: Sun: radio radiation / shock waves / Sun: activity / Sun: corona / Sun: coronal mass ejections (CMEs) / Sun: magnetic fields
© ESO 2021
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