Solar Physics

, Volume 143, Issue 2, pp 327–343 | Cite as

Thermal and nonthermal emissions during a coronal mass ejection

  • N. Gopalswamy
  • M. R. Kundu


We report on the thermal and nonthermal radio emissions from a coronal mass ejection (CME) observed at meter-decameter wavelengths using the Clark Lake multifrequency radioheliograph. From white-light observations of the Solar Maximum Mission Coronagraph/Polarimeter instrument the CME was found to have a speed of ∼ 450 km s−1. Since there was no nonthermal radio emission in the beginning of the event and the one which occurred later was quite weak, we were able to observe the thermal structure of the CME in radio. Type III bursts and a nonthermal continuum started several minutes after the CME onset. We use the radio and optical observations to show that the CME was not driven by the flare. We investigate the thermal structure and geometry of the mass ejection in radio and compare it with the optical evidence. Finally we develop a schematic model of the event and point out that particle acceleration high in the corona is possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Gopalswamy
    • 1
  • M. R. Kundu
    • 1
  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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