AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 73 Solar and Stellar Coronae
SPD Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[73.03] Mass and Kinetic Energy Distributions of Coronal Mass Ejections in 1996-2002

A. Vourlidas, S. Patsourakos (Naval Research Laboratory)

We present the mass and kinetic energy distributions of coronal mass ejections observed by LASCO between 1996 and 2002. The sample includes more than 4000 events. Events with projected widths larger than 120 deg were excluded because of uncertainties in the calculation of the mass and speed for such large events.

We compare the LASCO mass and energy distribution to similar distributions from Solwind and soft x-ray flares. In particular, we find that the CME kinetic energy distribution follows a power law similar to the one found for solar flares. The implications of our findings are discussed in the paper.

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