FUNDAMENTAL AND HARMONIC EMISSION IN TYPE III SOLAR RADIO BURSTS: I. Emission at a Single Location Or Frequency


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Abstract

A model of type III solar radio bursts is developed that incorporates large-angle scattering and reabsorption of fundamental emission amid ambient density fluctuations in the corona and solar wind. Comparison with observations shows that this model accounts semiquantitatively for anomalous harmonic ratios, the exponential decay constant of bursts, burst rise times, and the directivity of fundamental emission. It is concluded that the long emission tail on interplanetary type III bursts is mostly fundamental emission, while much of the anomalous time delay of fundamental relative to harmonic emission from a given location must be ascribed to other causes.

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