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Title: Statistical properties of super-hot solar flares

We use Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy observations from ∼6 to 100 keV to determine the statistical relationships between measured parameters (temperature, emission measure, etc.) of hot, thermal plasma in 37 intense (GOES M- and X-class) solar flares. The RHESSI data, most sensitive to the hottest flare plasmas, reveal a strong correlation between the maximum achieved temperature and the flare GOES class, such that 'super-hot' temperatures >30 MK are achieved almost exclusively by X-class events; the observed correlation differs significantly from that of GOES-derived temperatures, and from previous studies. A nearly ubiquitous association with high emission measures, electron densities, and instantaneous thermal energies suggests that super-hot plasmas are physically distinct from cooler, ∼10-20 MK GOES plasmas, and that they require substantially greater energy input during the flare. High thermal energy densities suggest that super-hot flares require strong coronal magnetic fields, exceeding ∼100 G, and that both the plasma β and volume filling factor f cannot be much less than unity in the super-hot region.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80303 (United States)
  2. Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348166
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 781; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; CORRELATIONS; ELECTRON DENSITY; EMISSION; ENERGY DENSITY; GAMMA RADIATION; HEAT EXCHANGERS; KEV RANGE; MAGNETIC FIELDS; RESOLUTION; SOLAR FLARES; SPECTROSCOPY; SUN; X RADIATION