Gamma Rays During Solar Flares

Gamma Rays During Solar Flares

. Energetic protons, accelerated during solar flares, can encounter the nuclei of carbon and other elements found in the solar atmosphere. The nucleus is excited to a higher energy level during each collision. It then emits gamma radiation (called a gamma-ray photon) with a specific energy characteristic of the nucleus involved.

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University