Hard X-rays from flare ions

Jul 8, 2021, 5:00 PM


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Working Group 3: Ion studies and Fermi/LAT Working Group 3: Ion studies and Fermi/LAT


Alexander MacKinnon (University of Glasgow)


As well as their gamma-ray signatures, energetic flare ions at the Sun also produce hard X-rays (HXRs) by various mechanisms. Compton scattering of gamma-ray photons was recently studied by Murphy and Share and proton bremsstrahlung by Heristchi and others. Further bremsstrahlung contributions come from secondary electrons (and positrons) produced via pion decay and also as knock-on products of primary ion collisions. We use the Monte Carlo code FLUKA to study the resulting HXRs. We note that the HXR spectrum from knock-on electrons would directly reflect the primary ion energy distribution. Ion contributions to the HXR spectrum will not be competitive with bremsstrahlung from primary electrons. However we discuss the possibility of diagnosing HXR’s from ions alone in “over-the-limb” Fermi LAT events and comment on the additional information offered by microwave observations.

Email alexander.mackinnon@glasgow.ac.uk

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Alexander MacKinnon (University of Glasgow)


Prof. Sergio Szpigel (Mackenzie Presbyterian University) Dr Jordi Tuneu (Mackenzie Presbyterian University) Prof. Guillermo Gimenez de Castro (Mackenzie Presbyterian University)

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