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Title: Solar flare composition and thermodynamics from RESIK X-ray spectra

Previous estimates of the solar flare abundances of Si, S, Cl, Ar, and K from the RESIK X-ray crystal spectrometer on board the CORONAS-F spacecraft were made on the assumption of isothermal X-ray emission. We investigate the effect on these estimates by relaxing this assumption and instead determining the differential emission measure (DEM) or thermal structure of the emitting plasma by re-analyzing RESIK data for a GOES class M1.0 flare on 2002 November 14 (SOL2002-11-14T22:26) for which there was good data coverage. The analysis method uses a maximum-likelihood (Withbroe-Sylwester) routine for evaluating the DEM. In a first step, called here AbuOpt, an optimized set of abundances of Si, S, Ar, and K is found that is consistent with the observed spectra. With these abundances, the DEM evolution during the flare is found. The abundance optimization leads to revised abundances of silicon and sulfur in the flare plasma: A(S) = 6.94 ± 0.06 and A(Si) = 7.56 ± 0.08 (on a logarithmic scale with A(H) = 12). Previously determined abundances of Ar, K, and Cl from an isothermal assumption are still the preferred values. During the flare's maximum phase, the X-ray-emitting plasma has a basically two-temperature structure, with the cooler plasmamore » with approximately constant temperature (3-6 MK) and a hotter plasma with temperature 16-21 MK. Using imaging data from the RHESSI hard X-ray spacecraft, the emission volume of the hot plasma is deduced from which lower limits of the electron density N{sub e} and the thermal content of the plasma are given.« less
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Space Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kopernika 11, 51-622 Wrocław (Poland)
  2. Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22356767
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 787; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABUNDANCE; APPROXIMATIONS; CRYSTALS; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; EMISSION; GAMMA RADIATION; HARD X RADIATION; HEAT EXCHANGERS; HOT PLASMA; MAXIMUM-LIKELIHOOD FIT; OPTIMIZATION; SILICON; SOLAR FLARES; SPECTROMETERS; SUN; THERMODYNAMICS; X-RAY SPECTRA