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First Detection of Solar Flare Emission in Middle-Ultraviolet Balmer Continuum View all abstracts by submitter

Marie Dominique   Submitted: 2018-10-24 01:59

We present the first detection of solar flare emission at middle-ultraviolet wavelengths around 2000 A by the channel 2 of the Large-Yield RAdiometer (LYRA) onboard the PROBA2 mission. The flare (SOL20170906) was also observed in the channel 1 of LYRA centered at the H I Lyman-α line at 1216 Å, showing a clear non-thermal profile in both channels. The flare radiation in channel 2 is consistent with the hydrogen Balmer continuum emission produced by an optically thin chromospheric slab heated up to 10000 K. Simultaneous observations in channels 1 and 2 allow the separation of the line emission (primarily from the Lyman-α line) from the Balmer continuum emission. Together with the recent detection of the Balmer continuum emission in the near-ultraviolet by IRIS, the LYRA observations strengthen the interpretation of broadband flare emission as the hydrogen recombination continua originating in the chromosphere.

Authors: Marie Dominique, Andrei N. Zhukov, Petr Heinzel, Ingolf E. Dammasch, Laurence Wauters, Laurent Dolla, Sergei Shestov, Matthieu Kretzschmar, Janet Machol, Giovanni Lapenta, Werner Schmutz
Projects: PROBA2/LYRA

Publication Status: Accepted in ApJL
Last Modified: 2018-10-24 10:42
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