Solar Flares and Magnetospheric Particles: Investigations Based upon the ONR-602 and ONR-604 Experiments
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
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The study of solar flares, and the interaction of solar flare radiations with the geospace environment, is one of the most fundamental investigations in space science. Involved are basic questions about the mechanism for energy generation in the flare region, the conversion of this energy into high energy charged particles, neutrons, x-rays and gamma rays, the interplanetary propagation of the particles to Earth, the access of these particles to the magnetosphere and the changes initiated in our local environment due to the solar flare. In the latter case, the solar particles are superposed upon an existing background of geomagnetically trapped and pseudo- trapped charged particles, which are themselves of fundamental importance in the dynamics of the geospace environment.