Accession Number : AD0663445

Title :   THE GREAT BURST OF MAY 23, 1967.

Descriptive Note : Environmental research papers no. 277,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Castelli,John P. ; Aarons,Jules ; Michael,Glen A.

Report Date : NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : One of the largest radio bursts on record took place on May 23, 1967. Peak flux densities ranged between 23,000 flux units (10 to the minus 22nd power sq Wm/Hz) at 8800 MHz to about 370,000 units at 606 MHz. In addition to the high accuracy measurements of the peak flux densities at 606, 1415, 2695, 4995, and 8800 MHz, sweep frequency observations from 19 to 41 MHz show Type IV emission with Type II bursts occurring during the Type IV continuum. The associated flare was clearly visible in white light. In reviewing and compiling microwave radio data recorded during earlier white-light flares, it was found that all but one of eight events listed by Svestka (1966) had high microwave flux densities associated with them. In comparing radio burst intensity with optical flare importance for the series of three flares between 1809 and 2150 UT on May 23, 1967, there is only moderate agreement. The first radio burst was small; the second flare had the highest optical classification, while the third radio burst was by far the largest. The flux densities of the third radio burst may have been the highest ever recorded in the decimeter portion of the radio spectrum and among the largest four in the 8800 MHz region. It is suggested that the details of the development of the flare be followed on radio flux density plots to determine detailed correlation with particle events in space and with terrestrial effects. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOLAR FLARES, *EXTRATERRESTRIAL RADIO WAVES), PROTONS, SOLAR RADIATION, MICROWAVES, DENSITY, SOLAR DISTURBANCES, INTENSITY, MEASUREMENT, ACCURACY, BAND SPECTRA, ULTRAHIGH FREQUENCY, L BAND, S BAND, X BAND

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

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