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Oscillations in the wake of a flare blast wave  

Danica Tothova   Submitted: 2011-02-15 09:53

Oscillations of coronal loops in the Sun have been reported in both imaging and spectral observations at the onset of flares. Images reveal transverse oscillations, whereas spectra detect line-of-sight velocity or Doppler-shift oscillations. The Doppler-shift oscillations are commonly interpreted as longitudinal modes. Our aim is to investigate the relationship between loop dynamics and flows seen in TRACE 195Å images and Doppler shifts observed by SUMER in Si III 1113.2Å and Fe XIX 1118.1Å at the time of a C.8-class limb flare and an associated CME. Methods. We carefully co-aligned the sequence of TRACE 195Å images to structures seen in the SUMER Si III, Ca X ,and Fe XIX emission lines. Additionally, Hα observations of a lifting prominence associated with the flare and the coronal mass ejection (CME) are available in three bands around 6563.3Å. They give constraints on the timing and geometry. Large-scale Doppler-shift oscillations in Fe XIX and transverse oscillations in intensity images were observed over a large region of the corona after the passage of a wide bright extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) disturbance, which suggests ionization, heating, and acceleration of hot plasma in the wake of a blast wave.

Authors: Danica Tothova, Davina Innes, and Guillermo Stenborg

Publication Status: accepted in A&A
Last Modified: 2011-02-21 11:10
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