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RHESSI observations of LDE flares – extremely long persisting HXR sources Mrozek, T., Kołomański, S., Bąk-Stęślicka, U. Astronomical Institute University.

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1 RHESSI observations of LDE flares – extremely long persisting HXR sources Mrozek, T., Kołomański, S., Bąk-Stęślicka, U. Astronomical Institute University of Wrocław

2 At last!

3 YOHKOH results - SXR Long Duration Event (LDE) Long Duration Flare (LDF) Long Duration Arcade Flare (LDAF) Kołomański, S., 2007: > 6h duration > 3 orbits of YOHKOH starting from the maximum of the flare

4 YOHKOH results - SXR Different sources observed at the same time suggest that the energy reales takes place in different places Typical size of the SXR source (LDE case): x10 4 km

5 YOHKOH results - HXR HXR emission in the L channel (14-23 keV) was observed up to 40 minutes after the maximum of the flare

6 YOHKOH results - HXR Rise phase – coronal and footpoint sources Decay phase - HXR source observed 40 minutes after the maximum of the flare. It is 10 times longer than characteristic cooling time of such source – indirect proof for the energy release long after the maximum of the flare.

7 RHESSI & LDEs - motivation Better spatial resolution – more detailed investigation of sources Better sensitivity - weak, coronal sources could be detected long after the maximum of the flare Better energy resolution – more detailed analysis of LDEs spectra

8 Difficulties Main difficulties: - pile-up - attenuators - orbital background

9 RHESSI & LDE Feb – Feb ~ 160 LDE flares found with the use of GOES lightcurves ~ 50 which last longer than 3 hours in RHESSI observations (6-12 keV) 30 July 2005 X1.3 >10 h

10 Method 2-minutes intervals: - attenuators out - outside the radiation belts - far from the SAA Thus, for 10 hours decay we have only few time intervals for imaging and spectroscopy

11 Method Images: Time interval: 11:38 – 11:40 Grids: 3,4,5,6,8,9 Pixel size: 1”

12 Method Images: Time interval: 11:38 – 11:40 Grids: 3,4,5,6,8,9 Pixel size: 1” 4-6 keV10-12 keV15-23 keV

13 Method The signal in the keV interval is observed (11:40 UT – 6 hours after the maximum) - why we can’t obtain images?

14 Method The signal in the keV interval is observed (11:40 UT – 6 hours after the maximum) - why we can’t obtain images? Because of the actual size of the source? – let’s look at the single-detector images

15 Method The size of sources changes When the diameter of the source is larger than the FWHM of given grid then the modulation vanishes and the source is no longer observed with this grid. For this reason we have to choose grids in more flexible way grid number time

16 Method As the result we obtain well resolved sources. Time interval: 11:38 – 11:40 Grids #: 8,9 Algorithm: PIXON Energy ranges [keV]: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 12-14, FWHM of the grid #8 is about 100 arc sec

17 30 July images Comparison with EIT 195 Å RHESSI images reconstructed with the use of PIXON method Red contours – 6-7 keV Blue contours – keV 6 hours after the maximum of the flare What is the nature of this source?

18 30 July spectra double thermal EM: 9.3x10 47 cm -3, T: 9.3 MK EM: 6.4x10 45 cm -3, T: 20 MK

19 30 July spectra thermal + thin target EM: 7.7x10 47 cm -3, T: 9.9 MK δ BB : 7.4, E B : 100 keV, δ AB : 20, E cut : 11.2 keV

20 30 July spectra thermal + thick target EM: 7.3x10 47 cm -3, T: 10.0 MK F e : 3.4x10 34 s -1, δ BB : 12.2, E B : 600 keV, δ AB : 6.0, E cut : 13.9 keV

21 30 July spectra thermal + broken power-law EM: 6.5x10 47 cm -3, T: 10.0 MK γ BB : 1.7, E B : 12.0 keV, γ AB : 10.0

22 30 July 2005 Having the temperature, emission measure, size and height we were able to estimate the energy balance. To balance the thermal and conductive losses we need a heating of the order of 1 erg s -1 cm -3 (10 28 erg s -1 from the whole volume) Typical size of the long persisting HXR source is of the order of 10 4 km

23 Models, models… Shibata 1995 The main driver of the whole process is the eruption of the filament The several hours long energy release cannot be explained with this scenario. Jakimiec, J., et al The existence of the turbulent (highly tangled) magnetic field in the loop-top source could keep up the energy release for long time due to small reconnections inside the structure. It explains the spatial correlation between the thermal and non-thermal/hot sources observed in the late phase of LDEs Sweet, P. A Emergence of the new flux is the main driver in this model. This idea was recently resurrected by Uchida et al. (1999) and Hirose et al. (2001)

24 Conclusions LDEs are well observed by RHESSI. The analysis is complicated due to attenuators, radiation belts, SAA, but not impossible. HXR sources (above 15 keV) are visible even 6 hours after the maximum of the flare. Long-lasting HXR sources are located above structures observed in the EUV range. Observed sources are large and grows with time. The spectral analysis of the sources suggests that there are at least two components present. One is the hot (about 10 MK) and the second is a very hot (20 MK) or steep non-thermal component. The observed features imply the existence of the energy release process which lasts several hours.


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