RHESSI results - time for a rethink?

Brown, J.C., Kontar, E.P. and Veronig, A.M. (2007) RHESSI results - time for a rethink? In: Klein, K.L. and MacKinnon, A.L. (eds.) The High Energy Solar Corona: Waves, Eruptions, Particles. Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, 725. Springer, pp. 65-80. ISBN 9783540715696 (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-71570-2_4)

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Abstract

Hard X-rays and γ-rays are the most direct signatures of energetic electrons and ions in the sun’s atmosphere which is optically thin at these energies and their radiation involves no coherent processes. Being collisional they are complementary to gyro-radiation in probing atmospheric density as opposed to magnetic field and the electrons are primarily 10-100∼keV in energy, complementing the (>100 keV) electrons likely responsible for microwave bursts. The pioneering results of the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) are raising the first new major questions concerning solar energetic particles in many years. Some highlights of these results are discussed – primarily around RHESSI topics on which the authors have had direct research involvement – particularly when they are raising the need for re-thinking of entrenched ideas. Results and issues are broadly divided into discoveries in the spatial, temporal and spectral domains, with the main emphasis on flare hard X-rays/fast electrons but touching also on γ-rays/ions, non-flare emissions, and the relationship to radio bursts.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kontar, Professor Eduard and Brown, Professor John
Authors: Brown, J.C., Kontar, E.P., and Veronig, A.M.
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Physics
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1616-6361
ISBN:9783540715696

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