Narrowband frequency-drift structures in solar type IV bursts

Yukio Nishimura, Takayuki Ono, Fuminori Tsuchiya, Hiroaki Misawa, Atsushi Kumamoto, Yuto Katoh, Satoshi Masuda, Yoshizumi Miyoshi

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We have established the Zao Solar Radiospectrograph (ZSR), a new solar radio observation system, at the Zao observatory of Tohoku University, Japan. We observed narrowband fine structures with type IV bursts with ZSR on 2 and 3 November 2008. The observed fine structures are similar to fiber bursts in terms of the drift rates and the existence of emission and absorption stripes. Statistical analysis of the drift rates, however, shows that the observed fine structures are different from the ordinary fiber bursts as regards the sense and the magnitude of their drift rates. First, the observed drift rates include both positive and negative rates, whereas ordinary fiber bursts are usually characterized by negative drift rates. Second, the absolute values of the observed drift rates are tens of MHz s-1, whereas the typical drift rate of fiber bursts at 325 MHz is approximately - 9 MHz s-1. In addition, all fine structures analyzed have narrow emission bands of less than 17 MHz. We also show that the observed narrowband emission features with drift rates of approximately 40 MHz s-1 can be interpreted as the propagation of whistler-mode waves, which is the same process as that underlying fiber bursts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1562
Number of pages8
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Fiber burst
  • Fine structure
  • Radio
  • Sun
  • Type IV burst


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