Accession Number:

ADA055633

Title:

The Rapid Heating of Coronal Plasma During Solar Flares: Nonequilibrium Ionization Diagnostics and Reverse Currents,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR PLASMA RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-01-31

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

A simple method is presented for diagnosing the electron temperature and density of a rapidly heated, coronal-type plasma from observable, non-equilibrium enhancements of X-ray line emission. This method, it is argued, is applicable to the study of solar flares. Accordingly, theoretically predicted line enhancements are given for a representative selection of X-ray lines prominent in the preflare coronal emission spectrum. Some of these predicted line enhancements should soon be observable with instruments aboard the Solar Maximum Mission.

Subject Categories:

  • Astrophysics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE