High-resolution Observations of a White-light Flare with NST

Vasyl Yurchyshyn, P. Kumar, V. Abramenko, Yan Xu, P. R. Goode, K. S. Cho, E. K. Lim

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Using high-resolution data from the New Solar Telescope, we studied fine spatial and temporal details of an M1.3 white-light (WL) flare, which was one of three homologous solar flares (C6.8, M1.3, and M2.3) observed in close proximity to the west solar limb on 2014 October 29 in NOAA active region 12192. We report that the TiO WL flare consists of compact and intense cores surrounded by less intense spatial halos. The strong and compact WL cores were measured to be ≈0.2 Mm across, with an area of about 1014 cm2. Several TiO features were not cospatial with Hα flare ribbons and were displaced toward the disk center by about 500 km, which suggests that the TiO and Hα radiation probably did not originate in the same chromospheric volume. The observed TiO intensity enhancements are not normally distributed and are structured by the magnetic field of the penumbra.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 20 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Sun: flares
  • Sun: photosphere
  • sunspots


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