When flares occur in the Sun’s atmosphere, electromagnetic radiation in all wavelengths is emitted. Flares observed at visible wavelengths are called "white light" flares. Little is known about white light flares since the radiation from the Sun in the visible range greatly outshines what is produced during solar flares. Since white light flares are hard to see, it is not clear in what part of the solar atmosphere they occur. The point of this research is to identify where in the corona white light emission in produced during a flare. Depending on what will be discovered affects the validity of solar flare theories, particularly the Standard Flare Model, that have been a foundation in heliophysics. To answer this question a catalog of flares has been constructed as well as a code created in SunPy to obtain images of the flares from the catalog for further analysis of the location of white light flares.


Astrophysics and Astronomy | The Sun and the Solar System


Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros

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California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly SLO)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013 and Grant No. 0833353. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation or the National Science Foundation. This project has also been made possible with support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The STAR program is administered by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) on behalf of the California State University (CSU).



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