(CP4) - Solar Flares Print

Driven by reconfigurations of coronal magnetic fields, flares represent violent energy conversion and release processes in the solar atmosphere, accompanied by particle acceleration, strong heating and mass motions. Using a combination of imaging data and coronal field reconstructions, the research of the SOLAIRE network aims at characterizing the magnetic structure and 3D evolution of flares. By specialized test-particle and particle-in-cell models, the acceleration of particles in a realistic flare environment is studied. A self-consistent treatment of macroscopic MHD and microscopic particle acceleration and transport is also being undertaken, with high-quality observational guidance from data from the space missions RHESSI, TRACE, GOES/SXI, SDO and Solar-B.