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On the Brightness and Waiting-time Distributions of a Type III Radio Storm observed by STEREO/WAVES View all abstracts by submitter

Jonathan Eastwood   Submitted: 2009-12-02 15:37

Type III solar radio storms, observed at frequencies below approximately 16 MHz by space borne radio experiments, correspond to the quasi-continuous, bursty emission of electron beams onto open field lines above active regions. The mechanisms by which a storm can persist in some cases for more than a solar rotation whilst exhibiting considerable radio activity are poorly understood. To address this issue, the statistical properties of a type III storm observed by the STEREO/WAVES radio experiment are presented, examining both the brightness distribution and (for the first time) the waiting-time distribution. Single power law behavior is observed in the number distribution as a function of brightness; the power law index is approximately 2.1 and is largely independent of frequency. The waiting-time distribution is found to be consistent with a piecewise-constant Poisson process. This indicates that during the storm individual type III bursts occur independently and suggests that the storm dynamics are consistent with avalanche type behavior in the underlying active region.

Authors: Eastwood, J. P., Wheatland, M. S., Hudson, H. S., Krucker, S., Bale, S. D., Maksimovic, M., Goetz, K. and Bougeret, J.-L.
Projects: STEREO

Publication Status: Accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters
Last Modified: 2009-12-02 17:19
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