Models of Flaring Loops

  • A. Gordon Emslie
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We review the somewhat questionable concept of an isolated flare loop and the various physical mechanisms believed to be responsible, to some degree, for energy transport within the loop structure. Observational evidence suggests a predominant role for high-energy electrons as an energy transport mechanism, and we explore the consequences of such a scenario in some detail, focusing on radiation signatures in the soft X-ray, hard X-ray, and EUV wavebands, as observed by recent satellite observatories. We find that the predictions of flare loop models are in fact in excellent agreement with these observations, reinforcing both the notion of the loop as a fundamental component of solar flares and the belief that electron acceleration is an integral part of the flare energy release process.


Solar Phys Solar Flare Nonthermal Electron Differential Emission Measure Steep Temperature Gradient 
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  • A. Gordon Emslie
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUAHHuntsvilleUSA

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