Solar Flares as Natural Particle Accelerators:

A High-energy View from X-ray Observations and Theoretical Models

Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany
Publication Date: July 2008
ISBN: 978-3-8364-7432-0, 10 chapters, 252 pages
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Solar flares, which have significant space weather consequences, are natural particle accelerators and one of the most spectacular phenomena of solar activity. RHESSI is the most advanced solar X-ray and gamma-ray mission ever flown and has opened a new era in solar flare research following its launch in 2002.

This book offers a glimpse of this active research area from a high-energy perspective and contains a comprehensive guideline for RHESSI data analysis. Its main theme is the investigation of particle acceleration and transport in solar flares. The strength of this book lies in its well-balanced account of the latest X-ray observations and theoretical models. The observational focus is on the morphology and spectra of imaged X-ray sources produced by nonthermal electrons or hot plasma. The modeling takes the novel approach of combining the Fokker-Planck treatment of the accelerated particles with the hydrodynamic treatment of the heated atmosphere. Applications of this modeling technique reach beyond the Sun to other exotic environments in the universe, such as extrasolar planetary auroras, stellar flares, and flares on accretion disks around neutron stars and black holes.

Book cover pages (p. i-iv): PDF, PS
Table of Contents (p. v-viii): PDF, PS
Preface (p. ix-x): PDF, PS
Acknowledgements (p. xi-xii): PDF, PS
Chapter 1 (p. 1-7) - Introduction: PDF, PS
Chapter 2 (p. 8-22) - Statistical Study of Limb Flares Observed by RHESSI: Imaging and Imaging Spectroscopy: PDF, PS
Chapter 3 (p. 23-32) - Classical Flare Models and New RHESSI Observations: The 2003-11-03 X3.9 Flare: PDF, PS
Chapter 4 (p. 33-52) - Double Coronal Hard and Soft X-Ray Source as Evidence of Magnetic Reconnection: The 2002-04-30 M1.4 Flare: PDF, PS
Chapter 5 (p. 53-84) - Conjugate Hard X-ray Footpoints &mdash Unshearing Motions, Correlations, and Asymmetries: The 2003-10-29 X10 Flare: PDF, PS
Chapter 6 (p. 85-108) - RHESSI Observation of Chromospheric Evaporation: The 2003-11-13 M1.7 Flare: PDF, PS
Chapter 7 (p. 109-148) - Modeling Impulsive Phase Solar Flares: a Combined Hydrodynamic and Fokker-Planck Approach: PDF, PS
Chapter 8 (p. 149-165) - Testing the Neupert Effect With the Combined Fokker-Planck and Hydrodynamic Codes: PDF, PS
Chapter 9 (p. 166-179) - Hydrodynamic Simulations of the Decay Phase: Testing Suppression of Conduction: PDF, PS
Chapter 10 (p. 180-186) - Concluding Remarks: PDF, PS
Appendix A (p. 187-201) - RHESSI Data Analysis Procedures and Tools: PDF, PS
Appendix B (p. 202-207) - Techniques for Analyzing Footpoint Asymmetries in the 2003-10-29 X10 Flare (Chapter 5): PDF, PS
Appendix C (p. 208-214) - Energy Loss and Diffusion due to Coulomb Collisions With Warm Plasmas: PDF, PS
Lists of Tables and Figures (p. 215-218): PDF, PS
References (p. 219-226): PDF, PS
Author Index (p. 227-228): PDF, PS
Subject Index (p. 229-232): PDF, PS;

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