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Title: Observation of high iron charge states at low energies in solar energetic particle events

The ionic charge states of solar energetic particles (SEPs) provide direct information about the source plasma, the acceleration environment, and their transport. Recent studies report that both gradual and impulsive SEP events show mean iron charge states (Q {sub Fe}) ∼ 10-14 at low energies E ≤ 0.1 MeV nuc{sup –1}, consistent with their origin from typical corona material at temperatures 1-2 MK. Observed increases of (Q {sub Fe}) up to 20 at energies 0.1-0.5 MeV nuc{sup –1} in impulsive SEPs are attributed to stripping during acceleration. However, Q {sub Fe} > 16 is occasionally found in the solar wind, particularly coming from active regions, in contrast to the exclusively reported (Q {sub Fe}) ≤ 14 for low energy SEPs. Here we report results from a survey of all 89 SEP events observed with Advanced Composition Explorer Solar Energetic Particle Ionic Charge Analyzer (SEPICA) in 1998-2000 for iron charge states augmented at low energy with Solar and Heliospheric Observatory CELIAS suprathermal time-of-flight (STOF). Nine SEP events with (Q {sub Fe}) ≥ 14 throughout the entire SEPICA and STOF energy range have been identified. Four of the nine events are impulsive events identified through velocity dispersion that are consistent with sourcemore » temperatures ≥2 MK up to ∼4 MK. The other five events show evidence of interplanetary acceleration. Four of them involve re-acceleration of impulsive material, whose original energy dependent charge states appear re-distributed to varying extent bringing higher charge states to lower energy. One event, which shows flat but elevated (Q {sub Fe}) ∼ 14.2 over the entire energy range, can be associated with interplanetary acceleration of high temperature material. This event may exemplify a rare situation when a second shock plows through high temperature coronal mass ejection material.« less
Authors:
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  1. Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)
  2. Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, D-85741 Garching (Germany)
  3. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St-Petersburg 194021 (Russian Federation)
  4. Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22357195
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 785; 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; ACCELERATION; CHARGE STATES; DISPERSIONS; EMISSION; ENERGY DEPENDENCE; IRON; KEV RANGE; MASS; PARTICLES; PLASMA; SOLAR WIND; STRIPPING; SUN; TIME-OF-FLIGHT METHOD; VELOCITY