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SUN AND SOLAR WIND Chapter: Flares and CMEs
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  • Barbara J. Thompson,
  • Noé Lugaz,
  • Jiong Qiu,
  • David F. Webb
Barbara J. Thompson
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Corresponding Author:barbara.j.thompson@nasa.gov

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Noé Lugaz
University of New Hampshire
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Jiong Qiu
Montana State University
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David F. Webb
Boston College
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This chapter describes the two major types of impulsive magnetic energy release on the sun: flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The sections include a brief historical overview, a description of observational signature and detection properties, a section on theoretical considerations and outstanding problems, and a final brief section on the field of space weather and anticipated future developments in the field.