Multiwavelength observation of electron acceleration in the 2006 December 13 flare

T. Minoshima, S. Imada, T. Morimoto, T. Kawate, H. Koshiishi, M. Kubo, S. Inoue, H. Isobe, S. Masuda, S. Krucker, T. Yokoyama

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We present a multiwavelength observation of a solar flare occurring on 2006 December 13 with Hinode, RHESSI, and the Nobeyama Radio Observatory to study the electron acceleration site and mechanism. The Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) on board Hinode observed elongated flare ribbons, and RHESSI observed double-footpoint hard X-ray (HXR) sources appearing in part of the ribbons. A photospheric vector magnetogram obtained from SOT reveals that the HXR sources are located at the region where horizontal magnetic fields change direction. The region is interpreted as the footpoint of magnetic separatrix. Microwave images taken with the Nobeyama Radioheliograph show a loop structure connecting the HXR sources. The brighter parts of the microwave intensity are located between the top and footpoints of the loop. We consider these observations as evidence of electron acceleration near the magnetic separatrix and injection parallel to the field line.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-849
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Acceleration of particles
  • Sun: X-rays, gamma rays
  • Sun: flares
  • Sun: magnetic fields
  • Sun: radio radiation


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