High-Energy Aspects of Small-Scale Energy Release at the Sun

Glesener, L. et al. (2017) High-Energy Aspects of Small-Scale Energy Release at the Sun. AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, 11-15 Dec 2017.

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Large, powerful solar flares have been investigated in detail for decades, but it is only recently that high-energy aspects of small flares could be measured. These small-scale energy releases offer the opportunity to examine how particle acceleration characteristics scale down, which is critical for constraining energy transfer theories such as magnetic reconnection. Probing to minuscule flare sizes also brings us closer to envisioning the characteristics of the small "nanoflares" that may be responsible for heating the corona. A new window on small-scale flaring activity is now opening with the use of focusing hard X-ray instruments to observe the Sun. Hard X-rays are emitted by flare-accelerated electrons and strongly heated plasma, providing a relatively direct method of measuring energy release and particle acceleration properties. This work will show the first observations of sub-A class microflares using the FOXSI sounding rocket and the NuSTAR astrophysics spacecraft, both of which directly focus hard X-rays but have limited observing time on the Sun. These instruments serve as precursors to a spacecraft version of FOXSI, which will explore energy release across the entire range of flaring activity.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hudson, Dr Hugh and Wright, Mr Paul and Hannah, Dr Iain
Authors: Glesener, L., Vievering, J.T., Wright, P.J., Hannah, I.G., Panchapakesan, S.A., Ryan, D., Krucker, S., Hudson, H.S., Grefenstette, B., White, S.M., Smith, D.M., Marsh, A., Kuhar, M., Christe, S., Buitrago-Casas, J.C., Musset, S., and Inglis, A.R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy

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