Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1303.0977 (Jerzy Jakimiec et al.)

Quasi-periodic Variations in the Hard X-ray emission of a Large Arcade Flare    [PDF]

Jerzy Jakimiec, Michal Tomczak
Quasi-periodic oscillations of the hard X-ray (HXR) emission of the large flare of 2 November 1991 have been investigated using HXR light curves and soft X-ray and HXR images recorded by the {\sl Yohkoh} X-ray telescopes. The results of the analysis of these observations are the following: i) The observations confirm that electrons are accelerated in oscillating magnetic traps which are contained within the cusp magnetic structure. ii) The amplitude of the HXR pulses increase due to the increase in the amplitude of the magnetic trap oscillations and the increase in the density within the traps caused by the chromospheric evaporation upflow. iii) The increase in the amplitude of the HXR pulses terminates when further increase in the density inside the traps inhibits the acceleration of electrons. iv) The model of oscillating magnetic traps is able to explain time variation of the electron precipitation, strong asymmetry in precipitation of accelerated electrons, and systematic differences in the precipitation of 15 and 25 keV electrons. v) We have obtained a direct observational evidence that strong HXR pulses are the result of the inflow of dense plasma coming from the chromospheric evaporation, into the acceleration volume.
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