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Analysis of a global Moreton wave observed on October 28, 2003

By N. Muhr, B. Vrsnak, M. Temmer, A. M. Veronig and J. Magdalenic

Abstract

We study the well pronounced Moreton wave that occurred in as- sociation with the X17.2 are/CME event of October 28, 2003. This Moreton wave is striking for its global propagation and two separate wave centers, which implies that two waves were launched simultane- ously. The mean velocity of the Moreton wave, tracked within different sectors of propagation direction, lies in the range of v ~ 900-1100 km/s with two sectors showing wave deceleration. The perturbation profile analysis of the wave indicates amplitude growth followed by amplitude weakening and broadening of the perturbation profile, which is con- sistent with a disturbance first driven and then evolving into a freely propagating wave. The EIT wavefront is found to lie on the same kinematical curve as the Moreton wavefronts indicating that both are different signatures of the same physical process. Bipolar coronal dim- mings are observed on the same opposite East-West edges of the active region as the Moreton wave ignition centers. The radio type II source, which is co-spatially located with the first wave front, indicates that the wave was launched from an extended source region (& 60 Mm). These findings suggest that the Moreton wave is initiated by the CME expanding flanks.Comment: accepted to Ap

Topics: Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
Publisher: 'IOP Publishing'
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0004-637X/708/2/1639
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:0911.4405

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