INSTITUTO DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS EN INGENIERIA Y TECNOLOGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Are CMEs capable of producing Moreton waves? A case study: the 2006 December 6 event
COSTA, A.; KRAUSE, G.; ELASKAR, S.; FRANCILE, C.; ZURBRIGGEN, E.; CÉCERE, M.
MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
Año: 2017 vol. 474 p. 770 - 770
Considering the chromosphere and a stratified corona, we examine, by performing 2D compressible magnetohydrodynamics simulations, the capability of a coronal mass ejection (CME) scenario to drive a Moreton wave. We find that given a typical flux rope (FR) magnetic configuration, in initial pseudo-equilibrium, the larger the magnetic field and the lighter (and hotter) the FR, the larger the amplitude and the speed of the chromospheric disturbance, which eventually becomes a Moreton wave. We present arguments to explain why Moreton waves are much rarer than CME occurrences. In the frame of the present model, we explicitly exclude the action of flares that could be associated with the CME. Analysing the Mach number, we find that only fast magnetosonic shock waves will be able to produce Moreton events. In these cases an overexpansion of the FR is always present and it is the main factor responsible for the Moreton generation. Finally, we show that this scenario can account for the Moreton wave of the 2006 December 6 event (Francile et al.2013)