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Astron. Astrophys. 338, 1084-1088 (1998)

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Chromospheric evaporation shock and reduced optical thickness drifting in the 1-4.5 GHz range

Marian Karlický

Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-251 65 Ondejov, Czech Republic

Received 11 March 1998 / Accepted 20 July 1998


Using a 1-D numerical hydrodynamic model, the evaporation shock evolution is computed in the solar atmosphere having the density profile derived from radioastronomical observations. Then the optical thickness of the 1-4.5 GHz plasma emission on harmonic frequency is computed. It is found that the optical thickness of the radio emission is reduced at the evaporation shock. With a motion of this shock the optical thickness reduction drifts towards lower frequencies with the frequency drift which depends on the evaporation shock speed. The theoretical radio spectrum caused by this optical thickness reduction is presented and discussed in comparison with the July 9, 1996 radio spectrum.

Key words: hydrodynamics – shock waves – Sun: chromosphere – Sun: radio radiation

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Online publication: September 17, 1998