Type III bursts in interplanetary space - Fundamental or harmonic?ISEE-3 spacecraft observation of 120 relatively simple, isolated bursts in the 30-1980 kHz range are the basis of the present study of Type III bursts in the solar wind. Several characteristics are identified for many of these bursts which imply that the mode of emission changes from predominantly fundamental plasma radiation during the rise phase to predominantly second harmonic during decay. The fundamental emission begins in time coincidence with the start of Langmuir waves, confirming the conventional belief in these waves' causation of Type III bursts. Attention is given to the characteristics of fundamental components, by comparison to harmonics, at km-wavelengths.
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Dulk, G. A. (Paris, Observatoire, Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France; Colorado, University Boulder, CO, United States)
Steinberg, J. L. (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon France)
Hoang, S. (Paris, Observatoire, Meudon Hauts-de-Seine, France)