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Evidence for the Wave Nature of an Extreme Ultraviolet Wave Observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly Onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory View all abstracts by submitter

Yuandeng Shen   Submitted: 2012-05-17 05:22

Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) waves have been found for about 15 years. However, significant controversy remains over their physical natures and origins. In this paper, we report an EUV wave that was accompanied by an X1.9 flare and a partial halo coronal mass ejection. Using high temporal and spatial resolution observations taken by the {em Solar Dynamics Observatory} and the Solar-TErrestrial RElations Observatory, we are able to investigate the detailed kinematics of the EUV wave. We find several arguments that support the fast-mode wave scenario: (1) The speed of the EUV wave (570 km s-1) is higher than the sound speed of quiet-Sun corona. (2) Significant deceleration of the EUV wave (-130 m/s2) is found during its propagation. (3) The EUV wave resulted in the oscillations of a loop and a filament along its propagation path, and a reflected wave from the polar coronal hole is also detected. (4) Refraction or reflection effect is observed when the EUV wave was passing through two coronal bright points. (5) The dimming region behind the wavefront stopped to expand when the wavefront started to become diffuse. (6) The profiles of the wavefront exhibited a dispersive nature, and the magnetosonic Mach number of the EUV wave derived from the highest intensity jump is about 1.4. In addition, triangulation indicates that the EUV wave propagated within a height range of about 60-100 Mm above the photosphere. We propose that the EUV wave observed should be a nonlinear fast-mode magnetosonic wave that propagated freely in the corona after it was driven by the CME expanding flanks during the initial period.

Authors: Yuandeng Shen, Yu Liu
Projects: SDO-AIA

Publication Status: Accepted for publication in ApJ
Last Modified: 2012-05-17 12:39
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