Solar flares  lists and notation
This gives some information related to flares and IDL.
The GOES workbench
The best starting point for getting information about flares from IDL is the GOES Workbench. To start it, just do:
IDL> goes
You can create interactive GOES plots for specified time
intervals, and also see event lists (click on 'Event List' at the
bottom of the widget). The list of flares seems to be the SWPC one (see
below).
Notation
The "SOL" notation is quite often used for solar flares. For
example SOL20140910 to indicate an event on this date. The notation
is described in Leibacher et al. (2010, Sol, Phys.)
and is actually applicable to any solar event. In my experience, the
use of the notation for flares is sporadic and for other events rare.
To
include the precise time, the notation is SOL20140920T17:45:00, where
(I assume) the time is the peak of the flare (see the SWPC flare list
section below).
SWPC flare list
I have a routine in the SSW IRIS tree that queries the HEK to
obtain the SWPC flare list for a specified time interval:
IDL>
flare_data=iris_hek_swpc_flares(starttime=starttime,endtime=endtime)
The output is a structure with tags for the flare peak time, GOES class
and X,Y position.
I admit to not knowing where exactly this flare catalog comes from  I
don't see it mentioned on the SWPC website. Also it seems to miss weak flares (below C?).
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