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Onsets and spectra of impulsive solar energetic electron events observed near the Earth View all abstracts by submitter

Eduard Kontar   Submitted: 2009-03-19 03:20

Impulsive solar energetic electrons are often observed in the interplanetary space near the Earth and have an attractive diagnostic potential for poorly understood solar flare acceleration processes. We investigate the transport of solar flare energetic electrons in the heliospheric plasma to understand the role of transport to the observed onset and spectral properties of the impulsive solar electron events. The propagation of energetic electrons in solar wind plasma is simulated from the acceleration region at the Sun to the Earth, taking into account self-consistent generation and absorption of electrostatic electron plasma (Langmuir) waves, effects of non-uniform plasma, collisions and Landau damping. The simulations suggest that the beam-driven plasma turbulence and the effects of solar wind density inhomogeneity play a crucial role and lead to the appearance of a) spectral break for a single power-law injected electron spectrum, with the spectrum flatter below the break, b) apparent early onset of low-energy electron injection, c) the apparent late maximum of low-energy electron injection. We show that the observed onsets, spectral flattening at low energies, and formation of a break energy at tens of keV is the direct manifestation of wave-particle interactions in non-uniform plasma of a single accelerated electron population with an initial power-law spectrum.

Authors: Kontar, E. P. and Reid, H. A. S.
Projects: RHESSI

Publication Status: accepted to ApJ Letters
Last Modified: 2009-03-19 10:39
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