Stellar and Solar Flares: Some Theoretical Problems from Point of View Modern Observations

  • M. M. Katsova
  • M. A. Livshits
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 143)


The recent X-ray observations allow to work out a scenario of flares, i.e. their spatial and temporal development. The hard and the hot (main) phases are successively considered. During the hard phase it is difficult to use the accepted concept about the reconnection as a mechanism of primary energy release because it is practically impossible to explain the particle acceleration during ≤ 1 s in the low-lying region of ≤ 108cm in size located in a spot penumbra with the same polarity magnetic field. The thermal waves propagating outward from the region of primary energy release along a large coronal loop are considered in some flares as a probable trigger mechanism for transforming the hard phase into the hot one. The reconnection mechanism is acceptable during a hot phase. Common features of secondary processes in solar and stellar flares allow to understand naturally the origin of the flare optical continuum on red dwarfs.


Current Sheet Solar Flare Thermal Wave Coronal Loop Hard Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Katsova
    • 1
  • M. A. Livshits
    • 2
  1. 1.Sternberg State Astronomical InstituteUniversity of MoscowMoscow V-234USSR
  2. 2.Institute of Terrestrial MagnetismIonosphere and Radio Wave Propagation Academy of SciencesMoscow RegionUSSR

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