Solar Energetic Particles: A Modern Primer On Understanding Sources, Acceleration And Propagation

byDonald V. Reames

Paperback | March 11, 2017

Solar Energetic Particles: A Modern Primer On Understanding Sources, Acceleration And Propagation by Donald V. Reames
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This concise primer introduces the non-specialist reader to the physics of solar energetic particles (SEP) and systematically reviews the evidence for the two main mechanisms which lead to the so-called impulsive and gradual SEP events.

More specifically, the timing of the onsets, the longitude distributions, the high-energy spectral shapes, the correlations with other solar phenomena (e.g. coronal mass ejections), as well as the all-important elemental and isotopic abundances of SEPs are investigated. Impulsive SEP events are related to magnetic reconnection in solar flares and jets. The concept of shock acceleration by scattering on self-amplified Alfvén waves is introduced, as is the evidence of reacceleration of impulsive-SEP material in the seed population accessed by the shocks in gradual events. The text then develops processes of transport of ions out to an observer. Finally, a new technique to determine the source plasma temperature in both impulsive and gradual events is demonstrated.

Last but not least the role of SEP events as a radiation hazard in space is mentioned and a short discussion of the nature of the main particle telescope designs that have contributed to most of the SEP measurements is given.

Don Reames received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1958 and 1964, respectively. He applied this early background in nuclear physics to his work in experimental astrophysics at Goddard Space Flight Center since 1964. His early work involved the S9 Cosmic Ray Experiment flown on the...
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Title:Solar Energetic Particles: A Modern Primer On Understanding Sources, Acceleration And PropagationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:127 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:127 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:March 11, 2017Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319508709

ISBN - 13:9783319508702

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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