Space Science Reviews

, Volume 16, Issue 1–2, pp 257–323 | Cite as

Relativistic electron events in interplanetary space

  • G. M. Simnett


This review is concerned with relativistic electron events observed in interplanetary space. The different types of event are identified and illustrated. The relationships between solar X-ray and radio emissions and relativistic electrons are examined, and the relevance of the observations to solar flare acceleration models is discussed. A statistical analysis of electron spectra, the electron/proton ratio and propagation from the flare site to the Earth is presented. A model is outlined which can account for the release of electrons from the Sun in a manner consistent with observations of energetic solar particles and electromagnetic solar radiation.


Radiation Flare Solar Radiation Electron Spectrum Solar Flare 
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  • G. M. Simnett
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  1. 1.Physics Dept. and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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