Solar Neutrons Observed During September 4th and 10th, 2017 by SEDA-FIB
August 26, 2020
July 02, 2021
he SEDA-FIB is a detector designed to measure solar neutrons. This solar neutron detector was operated onboard the ISS on July 16, 2009 and March 31, 2018. Eighteen large solar flares were later observed by the GOES satellite in solar active region 12673 that appeared on September 4 and lasted until September 10, 2017, with intensity higher than > M2. In nine of those solar flares, the SEDA-FIB detected clear signals of solar neutrons, along with five minor excesses. Among these events, we focus on two associated with the flares of X2.2 (SOL2017-09-06) and X8.2 (SOL2017-09-10) that share a common feature: a process of accelerating electrons into high energies as clearly recorded by the FERMI-GBM detector. These events may provide us with useful information to elucidate the ion acceleration process. The X8.2 event was a limb flare that proved adequate for fixing the parameters needed to explain the process of particle acceleration into high energies. According to our analysis, the electron acceleration process may possibly be explained by the shock acceleration model. However, we found that it would be difficult to explain the simultaneous acceleration of ions with electrons, unless the ions were preheated prior to their rapid acceleration.
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