34th Solar Physics Division Meeting, June 2003
Session 4 Corona II
Poster, Monday, June 16, 2003, 3:30-5:00pm, Mezzanine

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[4.18] The role of magnetic separators in solar flare particle acceleration

D. Alexander, T. R. Metcalf (LMSAL)

In recent years, the development of theoretical models of separatrices, separators, and quasi-separatrix layers, coupled to observations of flare brightenings, have led to the notion that these topological structures are the natural locations for current sheets to form and magnetic reconnection to occur. We report on correlated hard X-ray and vector magnetic field data from RHESSI and Mees IVM which show the detailed spatial and temporal relationships between the magnetic topology and the expected sites of reconnection.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: alexander@lmsal.com

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