Interplanetary Radio Bursts

  • N. Gopalswamy
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 314)


Nonthermal radio bursts in the interplanetary medium indicate the far-reaching effect of solar eruptions that inject energetic particles, plasmas and shock waves into the inner heliosphere. More than half a century of ground-based observations and subsequent space-based observations exist on this phenomena. In this paper, I summarize the understanding we have gained on the type III and type II radio bursts, which are indicative of electron beams and shocks, respectively. Observations in the new radio window (1–14 MHz) from Wind/WAVES have not only confirmed previous results, but also led to a number of new discoveries. Availability of simultaneous white light (SOHO) and radio (Wind) observations from the same spatial domain in the near-Sun IP medium is largely responsible for these discoveries on the IP propagation of CMEs, so this paper discusses radio bursts in the context of white light observations. After exploring the origin of normal, complex and storm type III bursts, I discuss the type II bursts and their relation to coronal mass ejections. Finally I discuss some of the recent developments on IP radio emission.


Radio Emission Radio Burst Solar Energetic Particle Langmuir Wave Nonthermal Electron 
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  • N. Gopalswamy
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  1. 1.Laboratory for Extraterrestrial PhysicsNASA/GSFCGreenbelt

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