Research Division Seminar
Turbulence and Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares

Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher

Abstract

A solar flare involves the conversion of magnetic energy stored in the coronal magnetic field into the kinetic energy of thermal and non-thermal particles, mass motion, and radiation. How this happens remains a central question in solar physics. A particular long-standing puzzle is how such a high fraction of the stored magnetic energy - up to a half - arrives in the kinetic energy of accelerated non-thermal particles. In this talk I will present an observational overview of solar flares with an emphasis on accelerated particles, discuss some ideas and constraints on particle acceleration, and present some new observations of the possible role of plasma turbulence in the acceleration process.

 

About the talk

Turbulence and Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares
Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher
University of Glasgow / University of Oslo
Tuesday May 4, 2021 - 12:30 GMT+1  (Aula)
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