Solar Physics

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 99–110 | Cite as

Millisecond radio spikes

Invited review
  • A. O. Benz


Millisecond spikes of the solar radio emission are known for more than two decades. They have recently seen a surge in interest of theoreticians who are fascinated by their high brightness temperature of up to 1015 K, their association with hard X-ray bursts, and a possibly very intimate relation to electron acceleration. This review is intended to bridge the gap that presently seems to separate theory and observations. The wide range of spike observations is summarized and brought into the perspective of recent models. It is concluded that spikes yield a considerable potential for the diagnostics of energetic particles, their origin, and history in astrophysical plasmas.


Brightness Temperature Radio Emission Energetic Particle Recent Model Considerable Potential 
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  • A. O. Benz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Astronomy, ETHZürichSwitzerland

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