Spatially resolved energetic electron properties for the 21 May 2004 flare from radio observations and 3D simulations

Kuznetsov, A.A. and Kontar, E.P. (2015) Spatially resolved energetic electron properties for the 21 May 2004 flare from radio observations and 3D simulations. Solar Physics, 290(1), pp. 79-93. (doi:10.1007/s11207-014-0530-x)

Kuznetsov, A.A. and Kontar, E.P. (2015) Spatially resolved energetic electron properties for the 21 May 2004 flare from radio observations and 3D simulations. Solar Physics, 290(1), pp. 79-93. (doi:10.1007/s11207-014-0530-x)

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Abstract

We investigated in detail the 21 May 2004 flare using simultaneous observations of the Nobeyama Radioheliograph, the Nobeyama Radiopolarimeters, the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI), and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). The flare images in different spectral ranges reveal a well-defined single flaring loop in this event. We simulated the gyrosynchrotron microwave emission using the recently developed interactive IDL tool GX Simulator. By comparing the simulation results with the observations, we deduced the spatial and spectral properties of the non-thermal electron distribution. The microwave emission has been found to be produced by the high-energy electrons (> 100 keV) with a relatively hard spectrum (δ≃2); the electrons were strongly concentrated near the loop top. At the same time, the number of high-energy electrons near the footpoints was too low to be detected in the RHESSI images and spatially unresolved data. The SOHO Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Telescope images and the low-frequency microwave spectra suggest the presence of an extended “envelope” of the loop with lower magnetic field. Most likely, the energetic electron distribution in the considered flare reflects the localized (near the loop top) particle acceleration (injection) process accompanied by trapping and scattering.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kontar, Dr Eduard
Authors: Kuznetsov, A.A., and Kontar, E.P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Solar Physics
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:0038-0938
ISSN (Online):1573-093X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Springer Netherlands
First Published:First published in Solar Physics 290(1):79-93
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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