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Ion Acceleration in Solar Eruptive Events

Whitepaper #365 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research. Additional topics: solar physics; space-based missions/projects; user-need-driven basic space weather research.

Published onJul 31, 2023
Ion Acceleration in Solar Eruptive Events

How ions are accelerated to extreme energies during solar eruptive events — solar flares and associated coronal mass ejections (CMEs) — is still not well understood. We recommend prioritizing new observations of ion-associated signatures through the funding of next-generation measurements primarily in gamma rays, as well as in energetic neutral atoms (ENAs), neutrons, and EUV.

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