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Stereoscopic electron spectroscopy of solar hard X-ray flares with a single spacecraft View all abstracts by submitter

Eduard Kontar   Submitted: 2006-11-06 05:36

Hard X-ray (HXR) spectroscopy is the most direct method of diagnosing energetic electrons in solar flares. Here we present a technique which allows us to use a single HXR spectrum to determine an effectively stereoscopic electron energy distribution. Considering the Sun's surface to act as a 'Compton mirror' allows us to look at emitting electrons also from behind the source, providing vital information on downward-propagating particles. Using this technique we determine simultaneously the electron spectra of downward and upward directed electrons for two solar flares observed by the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI). The results reveal surprisingly near-isotropic electron distributions, which contrast strongly with the expectations from the standard model which invokes strong downward beaming, including collisional thick-target model.

Authors: Eduard P. Kontar and John C. Brown
Projects: RHESSI

Publication Status: Accepted to ApJ Letters
Last Modified: 2006-11-09 02:58
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