Electrodynamics effects in beam/return current systems and their implications for solar impulsive bursts

J. C. Brown, R. Bingham

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The electrodynamics of electron beam neutralisation in solar flares is discussed in order to resolve recent controversy over the origin and evolution of the return current. It is demonstrated that return currents are established electrostatically and that the large radii of flare beams imply a resistive time scale so long that inductive effects are negligible along the finite beam length, even for anomalous conductivities. Consequently the commonly used steady state electrostatic (Knight and Sturrock) treatment of return current dissipation in flares is amply justified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L11-L14
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1984


  • electron beam neutralisation
  • solar flares
  • return current
  • electrodynamics
  • electron beams
  • plasma currents
  • electric fields
  • electrostatic charge
  • space charge
  • steady state
  • x rays

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