Presentation #228.01 in the session Solar Physics Division (SPD) Harvey Prize Lecture: Solar Flares: A Laboratory for Studying Magnetic Energy Release and Particle Acceleration, Bin Chen (New Jersey Institute of Technology).
Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system, capable of accelerating a significant fraction of available particles to high energies within a short time. Thanks to their proximity, we have the opportunity to study solar flares with a simultaneously high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution over a broad range of wavelengths, making them an invaluable laboratory for studying the fundamental processes of magnetic energy release and particle acceleration that are relevant to many magnetized environments across the universe. After a brief overview of the current state, this talk will highlight recent results based on radio imaging spectroscopy observations. These results have provided unprecedented measurements of the rapidly evolving magnetic structures and the distribution of highly energetic electrons in solar flares, shedding new light on these fundamental plasma processes.