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Location of Decimetric Pulsations in Solar Flares

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This work investigates the spatial relation between coronal X-ray sources and coherent radio emissions, both generally thought to be signatures of particle acceleration. Two limb events were selected during which the radio emission was well correlated in time with hard X-rays. The radio emissions were of the type of decimetric pulsations as determined from the spectrogram observed by Phoenix-2 of ETH Zurich. The radio positions were measured from observations with the Nançay Radioheliograph between 236 and 432 MHz and compared to the position of the coronal X-ray source imaged with RHESSI. The radio pulsations originated at least 30 – 240 Mm above the coronal hard X-ray source. The altitude of the radio emission increases generally with lower frequency. The average positions at different frequencies are on a line pointing approximately to the coronal hard X-ray source. Thus, the pulsations cannot be caused by electrons trapped in the flare loops, but are consistent with emission from a current sheet above the coronal source.

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Benz, A.O., Battaglia, M. & Vilmer, N. Location of Decimetric Pulsations in Solar Flares. Sol Phys 273, 363–375 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-011-9760-3

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  • Current Sheet
  • Benz
  • Solar Phys
  • Radio Emission
  • Radio Source