The solar eruption of 13 May 2005: EISCAT and MERLIN observations of a coronal radio burst
- 1Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
- 2Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester University, UK
- 3EISCAT Scientific Association, Kiruna, Sweden
Abstract. We report results from EISCAT and MERLIN observations of radio scintillation during a solar eruptive event in May 2005. Anomalous increases in signal strength detected at sites more than 2000 km apart are shown to arise from the detection of a strong coronal radio burst in the distant off-axis response of the MERLIN and EISCAT antennas. These observations show that EISCAT is capable of detecting the signatures of explosive events in the solar atmosphere with a high degree of time resolution. We further suggest that the highly time-structured variation in signal strength caused by distant off-axis detection of a powerful coronal radio signal could provide an explanation for previously unexplained anomalies in EISCAT IPS observations, as well as being a potential source of errors in active observations using radar codes with a completion time longer than the time-variation of the coronal signal.