Imaging Solar Flares in Hard X Rays and Gamma Rays from Balloon-Borne Platforms

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. C. J. Crannell

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0203

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Crannell, C. J. (1989) Imaging Solar Flares in Hard X Rays and Gamma Rays from Balloon-Borne Platforms, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0203

Author Information

  1. Code 682, Solar Physics Branch, Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Centergreenbelt, MD 20771

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


Hard X rays and gamma rays carry the most direct evidence available for the roles of accelerated particles in solar flares. An approach that employs a spatial Fourier transform technique for imaging the sources of these emissions is described, and plans for developing a balloon-borne imaging device based on this instrumental technique is presented. This instrument, designed for 15-day, long-duration flights, will provide 1.6-arc sec angular resolution and 10 ms time resolution with a whole-Sun field of view.