- Conference date: 26–28 June 2012
- Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system, and remarkably efficient particle accelerators. About ∼10-50% of the energy released in flares goes into tens of keV to 10s of MeV electrons and MeV to GeV ions. Recent hard X-ray and gamma-ray imaging and spectroscopy show that the acceleration of both electrons and ions, and the energy release process in flares is closely related to magnetic reconnection. The solar energetic particles detected near the Earth, however, appear to be accelerated by shocks driven by fast coronal mass ejections, which are almost always associated with a large flare.
- Electron spectroscopy
- Gamma ray spectroscopy
- Solar flares
- Gamma ray imaging
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