V.V. Lobzin, I. H. Cairns, P.A. Robinson, A. Warmuth, G. Mann, R.V.
Gorgutsa, and V.V. Fomichev,
"Evidence for gently sloping plasma density profiles in the deep corona:
type III observations."
ApJ 724, 1099 (2010).
Click on the image above for a larger .gif version.
Style here is a perpetual problem: line thicknesses are insufficient for a bold display, in spite of the fact that it's nicely in color. Here the blue line shows a model curved field line along which the particles stream. The field could have a substantially different geometry from this, of course.
In any case, this cartoon aims at supporting the view that radio type III bursts move out into the solar wind on a shallower gradient of density than that expected for the solar wind (density varying as r-2 roughly). What the authors mean by "deep corona" is that part close to the Sun, not the other way around. The competing simple law for density fall-off would be a hydrostatic law, which would be much steeper than what they see. There are possible geometrical interpretations of this, and of course there is probably a typical list of "plausible assumptions" involved, but nevertheless this seems to be another step towards the use of fast electrons as a remote-sensing tool for the corona.
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