Initiation and Early Development of the 2008 April 26 Coronal Mass Ejection

TitleInitiation and Early Development of the 2008 April 26 Coronal Mass Ejection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHuang, J., Démoulin P., Pick M., Auchère F., Yan Y. H., and Bouteille A.
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Date PublishedMar

We present a detailed study of a coronal mass ejection (CME) with high temporal cadence observations in radio and extreme-ultraviolet (EUV). The radio observations combine imaging of the low corona with radio spectra in the outer corona and interplanetary space. The EUV observations combine the three points of view of the STEREO and SOHO spacecraft. The beginning of the CME initiation phase is characterized by emissions that are signatures of the reconnection of the outer part of the erupting configuration with surrounding magnetic fields. Later on, a main source of emission is located in the core of the active region. It is an indirect signature of the magnetic reconnection occurring behind the erupting flux rope. Energetic particles are also injected in the flux rope and the corresponding radio sources are detected. Other radio sources, located in front of the EUV bright front, trace the interaction of the flux rope with the surrounding fields. Hence, the observed radio sources enable us to detect the main physical steps of the CME launch. We find that imaging radio emissions in the metric range permits us to trace the extent and orientation of the flux rope which is later detected in interplanetary space. Moreover, combining the radio images at various frequencies with fast EUV imaging permits us to characterize in space and time the processes involved in the CME launch.