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Volume 18, issue 11
Ann. Geophys., 18, 1373–1381, 2000
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-000-1373-3
© European Geosciences Union 2000
Ann. Geophys., 18, 1373–1381, 2000
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-000-1373-3
© European Geosciences Union 2000

  30 Nov 2000

30 Nov 2000

ERNE observations of energetic particles associated with Earth-directed coronal mass ejections in April and May, 1997

A. Anttila and T. Sahla A. Anttila and T. Sahla
  • Space Research Laboratory, University of Turku, Physics Department, Vesilinnantie 5, FIN-20014 Turku University, Finland

Abstract. Two Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which were most effective in energetic (~1–50 MeV) particle acceleration during the first 18 months since the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) launch, occurred on April 7 and May 12, 1997. In the analysis of these events we have deconvoluted the injection spectrum of energetic protons by using the method described by Anttila et al. In order to apply the method developed earlier for data of a rotating satellite (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, GOES), we first had to develop a method to calculate the omnidirectional energetic particle intensities from the observations of Energetic and Relativistic Nuclei and Electrons (ERNE), which is an energetic particle detector onboard the three-axis stabilized SOHO spacecraft. The omnidirectional intensities are calculated by fitting an exponential pitch angle distribution from directional information of energetic protons observed by ERNE. The results of the analysis show that, compared to a much faster and more intensive CMEs observed during the previous solar maximum, the acceleration efficiency decreases fast when the shock propagates outward from the Sun. The particles injected at distances <0.5 AU from the Sun dominate the particle flux during the whole period, when the shock propagates to the site of the spacecraft. The main portion of particles injected by the shock during its propagation further outward from the Sun are trapped around the shock, and are seen as an intensity increase at the time of the shock passage.

Key words: Interplanetary physics (interplanetary shocks) – Solar physics, astrophysics and astronomy (energetic particles; flares and mass ejections)

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