EGU23-14916, updated on 26 Feb 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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The energy-altitude relation in solar flare footpoints observed by STIX

Katarzyna Mikuła and Tomasz Mrozek
Katarzyna Mikuła and Tomasz Mrozek
  • Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Solar flares are efficient accelerators of energetic particles, mainly electrons, which transport energy from reconnection site to the chromosphere. Energetic electrons are thermalized in the chromosphere and produce hard X-ray emission (HXR) following the thick-target bremsstrahlung mechanism. The thick-target model predicts that altitude of the HXR sources in the footpoints of solar flare decreses with incresing energy. The relation was registered for the solar flares observed with Yohkoh/HXT and RHESSI. In our research, we investigated the energy-altitude relation in flare footpoints in a group of strong (>M1.0 GOES class) events recorded by the Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) onboard the Solar Orbiter. Here we present the results of analysis of the relation obtained from STIX data, e.g. temporal evolution and density distributions on selected examples. Thanks to unprecedented high temporal and spatial resolutions  of STIX data, we can trace changes of plasma dynamics in footpoints like never before.

How to cite: Mikuła, K. and Mrozek, T.: The energy-altitude relation in solar flare footpoints observed by STIX, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-14916,, 2023.