X-ray and ultraviolet investigation into the magnetic connectivity of a solar flare
LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC, Université
5 place Jules Janssen,
Received: 8 May 2012
Accepted: 12 July 2012
We investigate the X-ray and UV emission detected by RHESSI and TRACE in the context of a solar flare on the 16th November 2002 with the goal of better understanding the evolution of the flare. We analysed the characteristics of the X-ray emission in the 12–25 and 25–50 keV energy range while we looked at the UV emission at 1600 Å . The flare appears to have two distinct phases of emission separated by a 25-s time delay, with the first phase being energetically more important. We found good temporal and spatial agreement between the 25–50 keV X-rays and the most intense areas of the 1600 Å UV emission. We also observed an extended 100-arcsec < 25 keV source that appears coronal in nature and connects two separated UV ribbons later in the flare. Using the observational properties in X-ray and UV wavelengths, we propose two explanations for the flare evolution in relation to the spine/fan magnetic field topology and the accelerated electrons. We find that a combination of quasi separatrix layer reconnection and null-point reconnection is required to account for the observed properties of the X-ray and UV emission.
Key words: Sun: flares / Sun: UV radiation / Sun: X-rays, gamma rays / Sun: magnetic topology
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