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A Study of Sacramento Peak Flares, III. Sympathetic Flares

Report Number: AFCRL 472(III)
Author(s): H. J. Smith
Corporate Author: Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1961-04
Pages: 21
AD Number: AD0278403

A sympathetic flare is defined as one which starts through some influence of another flare which erupted earlier. At least one example as been observed directly. Pure chance should produce many simultaneous flares. Several authors have tested the statistical reality of sympathetic flares by comparing the observed and expected numbers of simultaneous flares. Results of such studies have been contradictory. One method has been applied to Sacramento Peak flares during the IGY, with definitely negative results. T e statistical methods are examined critically, with the conclusion that sympathetic flares must be very rare.

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