Solar Physics

, Volume 277, Issue 2, pp 299–316 | Cite as

Magnetic Relaxation and Particle Acceleration in a Flaring Twisted Coronal Loop

  • M. GordovskyyEmail author
  • P. K. Browning


In the present work we aim to study particle acceleration in twisted coronal loops. For this purpose, an MHD model of magnetic reconnection in a linearly unstable twisted magnetic fluxtube is considered. Further, the electric and magnetic fields obtained in the MHD simulations are used to calculate proton and electron trajectories in the guiding-centre approximation. It is shown that particle acceleration in such a model is distributed rather uniformly along the coronal loop and the high-energy population remains generally neutral. It also follows from the model that the horizontal cross-section of the volume occupied by high-energy particles near the loop footpoints increases with time, which can be used as an observational proxy.


Energetic particles, acceleration Flares, energetic particles Magnetic reconnection, theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jodrell Bank Centre for AstrophysicsUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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