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Kinetic Properties of CMEs Corrected for the Projection Effect  

Chin-Teh Yeh   Submitted: 2005-12-29 01:12

Observations of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) with coronagraphs are subject to a projection effect, which results in statistical errors in many properties of CMEs, such as the eruption speed and the angular width. In this paper, we develop a method to obtain the velocity and angular width distributions of CMEs corrected for the projection effect, and then re-examine the relationship between CMEs and the associated flares. We find that (1) the mean eruption speed is 792 km s-1 and the mean angular width is 59 degree, compared to the values of 549 km s-1 and 77 degree, respectively before the correction; (2) after the correction, the weak correlation between CME speeds and the GOES X-ray peak flux of the flares gets unexpectedly poorer; and (3) before correction, there is a weak correlation between the angular width and the speed of CMEs, whereas the correlation is absent after the correction.

Authors: Chin-Teh Yeh, M. D. Ding, and P. F. Chen
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Publication Status: Solar Physics, Volume 229, Issue 2, pp.313-322
Last Modified: 2005-12-29 01:12
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