Imaging spectroscopy of solar radio burst fine structures

Kontar, E. P., Yu, S., Kuznetsov, A. A., Emslie, A. G., Alcock, B., Jeffrey, Natasha, Melnik, V. N., Bian, N. H. and Subramanian, P. (2017) Imaging spectroscopy of solar radio burst fine structures. Nature Communications, 8 (1). p. 1515. ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

Solar radio observations provide a unique diagnostic of the outer solar atmosphere. However, the inhomogeneous turbulent corona strongly affects the propagation of the emitted radio waves, so decoupling the intrinsic properties of the emitting source from the effects of radio wave propagation has long been a major challenge in solar physics. Here we report quantitative spatial and frequency characterization of solar radio burst fine structures observed with the Low Frequency Array, an instrument with high-time resolution that also permits imaging at scales much shorter than those corresponding to radio wave propagation in the corona. The observations demonstrate that radio wave propagation effects, and not the properties of the intrinsic emission source, dominate the observed spatial characteristics of radio burst images. These results permit more accurate estimates of source brightness temperatures, and open opportunities for quantitative study of the mechanisms that create the turbulent coronal medium through which the emitted radiation propagates.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
F500 Astronomy
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 16:04
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40501

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