Comparison of seismic signatures of flares obtained by SOHO/Michelson Doppler Imager and GONG instruments

Sergei Zharkov, Valentina Zharkova, Sarah Matthews

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Abstract

The first observations of seismic responses to solar flares were carried out using time-distance (TD) and holography techniques applied to SOHO/Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) Dopplergrams obtained from space and unaffected by terrestrial atmospheric disturbances. However, the ground-based network GONG is potentially a very valuable source of sunquake observations, especially in cases where space observations are unavailable. In this paper, we present an updated technique for pre-processing of GONG observations for the application of subjacent vantage holography. Using this method and TD diagrams, we investigate several sunquakes observed in association with M- and X-class solar flares and compare the outcomes with those reported earlier using MDI data. In both GONG and MDI data sets, for the first time, we also detect the TD ridge associated with the 2001 September 9 flare. Our results show reassuringly positive identification of sunquakes from GONG data that can provide further information about the physics of seismic processes associated with solar flares.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume739
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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