Academic Article


  • We derive kinematic properties for two recent solar coronal transient waves observed off the western solar limb with the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission. The two waves occurred over $\sim10$-min intervals on consecutive days - June 12 and 13, 2010. For the first time, off-limb waves are imaged with a high 12-sec cadence, making possible detailed analysis of these transients in the low corona between $\sim1.1$-2.0 solar radii ($R_{s}$). We use observations in the 193 and 211 {\AA} AIA channels to constrain the kinematics of both waves. We obtain initial velocities for the two fronts of $\sim1287$ and $\sim736$ km s$^{-1}$, and accelerations of $-1170$ and $-800$ m s$^{-2}$, respectively. Additionally, differential emission measure analysis shows the June 13 wave is consistent with a weak shock. EUV wave positions are correlated with positions from simultaneous type II radio burst observations. We find good temporal and height association between the two, suggesting that the waves may be the EUV signatures of coronal shocks. Furthermore, the events are associated with significant increases in proton fluxes at 1 AU, possibly related to how waves propagate through the coronal magnetic field. Characterizing these coronal transients will be key to connecting their properties with energetic particle production close to the Sun.
  • Authors

  • Kozarev, KA
  • Korreck, KE
  • Lobzin, VV
  • Weber, MA
  • Schwadron, Nathan
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • June 1, 2011
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • Sun: coronal mass ejections (CMEs)
  • Sun: particle emission
  • Sun: radio radiation
  • shock waves
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • L25
  • End Page

  • L25
  • Volume

  • 733
  • Issue

  • 2