Solar Physics

, Volume 260, Issue 2, pp 389–400 | Cite as

High Temporal and Spectral Resolution Interferometric Observations of Unusual Solar Radio Bursts

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Abstract

We report very high temporal and spectral resolution interferometric observations of some unusual solar radio bursts near 1420 MHz. These bursts were observed on 13 September 2005, 22 minutes after the peak of a GOES class X flare from the NOAA region 10808. Our observations show 11 episodes of narrow-band intermittent emission within a span of ≈ 8 s. Each episode shows a heavily frequency-modulated band of emission with a spectral slope of about −245.5 MHz s−1, comprising up to 8 individual blobs of emission and lasts for 10 – 15 ms. The blobs themselves have a spectral slope of ≈ 0 MHz s−1, are ≈ 200 – 250 kHz wide, appear every ≈ 400 kHz and last for ≈ 4 – 5 ms. These bursts show brightness temperatures in the range 1012 K, which suggests a coherent emission mechanism. We believe these are the first high temporal and spectral resolution interferometric observations of such rapid and narrow-bandwidth solar bursts close to 1420 MHz and present an analysis of their temporal and spectral characteristics.

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Sun: flares Sun: radio bursts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Haystack ObservatoryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyWestfordUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of PhysicsBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PhysicsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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