A Hot Microflare Observed with RHESSI and Hinode

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Abstract

RHESSI and Hinode observations of a GOES B-class flare are combined to investigate the origin of 15 MK plasma. The absence of any detectable hard X-ray emission coupled with weak blueshifted emission lines (indicating upward velocities averaging only 14 km s-1) suggests that this was a result of direct heating in the corona, as opposed to nonthermal electron precipitation causing chromospheric evaporation. These findings are in agreement with a recent hydrodynamical simulation of microflare plasmas that found that higher temperatures can be attained when less energy is used to accelerate electrons out of the thermal distribution. In addition, unusual redshifts in the 2 MK Fe XV line (indicating downward velocities of ~14 km s-1) were observed cospatial with one of the flare ribbons during the event. Downflows of such high-temperature plasma are not predicted by any common flare model....
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L157-L160
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume680
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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