Solar Flares and Diagnostics of Particle Acceleration

The Sun’s proximity to Earth and the presence of solar transient phenomena such as solar flares make the solar atmosphere a unique and opportune environment for studying fundamental processes of high energy physics. Solar flares, the largest explosions in the solar system, produce radiation at all wavelengths and represent a standard picture of particle acceleration initiated by magnetic reconnection, widespread in astrophysics and plasma physics. In this talk, I will discuss two recent advances in solar flare X-ray and EUV diagnostics, led by our group at the University of Glasgow, UK. I will also take this opportunity to advertise an exchange program between Columbia University and the University of Glasgow designed to create collaboration between our astrophysics groups.

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