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2020
Authors: Maksimovic M., Bale S. D., Berčič L., Bonnell J. W., Case A. W., et al.
Title: Anticorrelation between the Bulk Speed and the Electron Temperature in the Pristine Solar Wind: First Results from the Parker Solar Probe and Comparison with Helios
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We discuss the solar wind electron temperatures Te as measured in the nascent solar wind by Parker Solar Probe during its first perihelion pass. The measurements have been obtained by fitting the high-frequency part of quasi-thermal noise spectra recorded by the Radio Frequency Spectrometer. In addition we compare these measurements with those obtained by the electrostatic analyzer discussed in Halekas et al. These first electron observations show an anticorrelation between Te and the wind bulk speed V: this anticorrelation is most likely the remnant of the well-known mapping observed at 1 au and beyond between the fast wind and its coronal hole sources, where electrons are observed to be cooler than in the quiet corona. We also revisit Helios electron temperature . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 62 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab61fc Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab61fch
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Authors: Halekas J. S., Whittlesey P., Larson D. E., McGinnis D., Maksimovic M., et al.
Title: Electrons in the Young Solar Wind: First Results from the Parker Solar Probe
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The Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons experiment on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission measures the three-dimensional electron velocity distribution function. We derive the parameters of the core, halo, and strahl populations utilizing a combination of fitting to model distributions and numerical integration for ̃100,000 electron distributions measured near the Sun on the first two PSP orbits, which reached heliocentric distances as small as ̃0.17 au. As expected, the electron core density and temperature increase with decreasing heliocentric distance, while the ratio of electron thermal pressure to magnetic pressure (βe) decreases. These quantities have radial scaling consistent with previous observations farther from the Sun, with superposed variations associated. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 22 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4cec Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4cec
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Authors: Cohen C. M. S., Christian E. R., Cummings A. C., Davis A. J., Desai M. I., et al.
Title: Energetic Particle Increases Associated with Stream Interaction Regions
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The Parker Solar Probe was launched on 2018 August 12 and completed its second orbit on 2019 June 19 with perihelion of 35.7 solar radii. During this time, the Energetic Particle Instrument-Hi (EPI-Hi, one of the two energetic particle instruments comprising the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun, IS☉IS) measured seven proton intensity increases associated with stream interaction regions (SIRs), two of which appear to be occurring in the same region corotating with the Sun. The events are relatively weak, with observed proton spectra extending to only a few MeV and lasting for a few days. The proton spectra are best characterized by power laws with indices ranging from -4.3 to -6.5, generally softer than events associated with SIRs observed at 1 au and beyond. Helium spectra . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 20 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4c38 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4c38
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Authors: Chen C. H. K., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., Borovikov D., Bowen T. A., et al.
Title: The Evolution and Role of Solar Wind Turbulence in the Inner Heliosphere
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The first two orbits of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft have enabled the first in situ measurements of the solar wind down to a heliocentric distance of 0.17 au (or 36 R ⊙  R⊙ ). Here, we present an analysis of this data to study solar wind turbulence at 0.17 au and its evolution out to 1 au. While many features remain similar, key differences at 0.17 au include increased turbulence energy levels by more than an order of magnitude, a magnetic field spectral index of -3/2 matching that of the velocity and both Elsasser fields, a lower magnetic compressibility consistent with a smaller slow-mode kinetic energy fraction, and a much smaller outer scale that has had time for substantial nonlinear processing. There is also an overall increase in the dominance of . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 53 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a3 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a3
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Authors: Lavraud B., Fargette N., Réville V., Szabo A., Huang J., et al.
Title: The Heliospheric Current Sheet and Plasma Sheet during Parker Solar Probe’s First Orbit
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We present heliospheric current sheet (HCS) and plasma sheet (HPS) observations during Parker Solar Probe’s (PSP) first orbit around the Sun. We focus on the eight intervals that display a true sector boundary (TSB; based on suprathermal electron pitch angle distributions) with one or several associated current sheets. The analysis shows that (1) the main density enhancements in the vicinity of the TSB and HCS are typically associated with electron strahl dropouts, implying magnetic disconnection from the Sun, (2) the density enhancements are just about twice that in the surrounding regions, suggesting mixing of plasmas from each side of the HCS, (3) the velocity changes at the main boundaries are either correlated or anticorrelated with magnetic field changes, consistent with magneti. . .
Date: 05/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L19 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab8d2d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab8d2d
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Authors: Leske R. A., Christian E. R., Cohen C. M. S., Cummings A. C., Davis A. J., et al.
Title: Observations of the 2019 April 4 Solar Energetic Particle Event at the Parker Solar Probe
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A solar energetic particle event was detected by the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) instrument suite on Parker Solar Probe (PSP) on 2019 April 4 when the spacecraft was inside of 0.17 au and less than 1 day before its second perihelion, providing an opportunity to study solar particle acceleration and transport unprecedentedly close to the source. The event was very small, with peak 1 MeV proton intensities of ̃0.3 particles (cm2 sr s MeV)-1, and was undetectable above background levels at energies above 10 MeV or in particle detectors at 1 au. It was strongly anisotropic, with intensities flowing outward from the Sun up to 30 times greater than those flowing inward persisting throughout the event. Temporal association between particle incre. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 35 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5712 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5712
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Authors: Verniero J. L., Larson D. E., Livi R., Rahmati A., McManus M. D., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe Observations of Proton Beams Simultaneous with Ion-scale Waves
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Parker Solar Probe (PSP), NASA’s latest and closest mission to the Sun, is on a journey to investigate fundamental enigmas of the inner heliosphere. This paper reports initial observations made by the Solar Probe Analyzer for Ions (SPAN-I), one of the instruments in the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons instrument suite. We address the presence of secondary proton beams in concert with ion-scale waves observed by FIELDS, the electromagnetic fields instrument suite. We show two events from PSP’s second orbit that demonstrate signatures consistent with wave-particle interactions. We showcase 3D velocity distribution functions (VDFs) measured by SPAN-I during times of strong wave power at ion scales. From an initial instability analysis, we infer that the VDFs departed far enough. . .
Date: 05/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 5 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab86af Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab86afhttps
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Authors: Mitchell J. G., de Nolfo G. A., Hill M. E., Christian E. R., McComas D. J., et al.
Title: Small Electron Events Observed by Parker Solar Probe/IS⊙IS during Encounter 2
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The current understanding of the characteristics of solar and inner heliospheric electron events is inferred almost entirely from observations made by spacecraft located at 1 astronomical unit (au). Previous observations within 1 au of the Sun, by the Helios spacecraft at similar to 0.3-1 au, indicate the presence of electron events that are not detected at 1 au or may have merged during transport from the Sun. Parker Solar Probe's close proximity to the Sun at perihelion provides an opportunity to make the closest measurements yet of energetic electron events. We present an overview of measurements of electrons with energies between similar to 17 keV and similar to 1 MeV made by the Parker Solar Probe Integrated Science Investigation of the . . .
Date: 10/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 20 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abb2a4 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/abb2a4https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/abb2a4/pdf
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Authors: Giacalone J., Mitchell D. G., Allen R. C., Hill M. E., McNutt R. L., et al.
Title: Solar Energetic Particles Produced by a Slow Coronal Mass Ejection at \~0.25 au
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We present an analysis of Parker Solar Probe (PSP) IS☉IS observations of ̃30-300 keV n-1 ions on 2018 November 11 when PSP was about 0.25 au from the Sun. Five hours before the onset of a solar energetic particle (SEP) event, a coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed by STEREO-A/COR2, which crossed PSP about a day later. No shock was observed locally at PSP, but the CME may have driven a weak shock earlier. The SEP event was dispersive, with higher energy ions arriving before the lower energy ones. Timing suggests the particles originated at the CME when it was at ̃7.4R. SEP intensities increased gradually from their onset over a few hours, reaching a peak, and then decreased gradually before the CME arrived at PSP. The event was weak, having a very soft en. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 29 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5221 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5221
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Authors: Whittlesey Phyllis L., Larson Davin E., Kasper Justin C., Halekas Jasper, Abatcha Mamuda, et al.
Title: The Solar Probe ANalyzers—Electrons on the Parker Solar Probe
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Electrostatic analyzers of different designs have been used since the earliest days of the space age, beginning with the very earliest solar-wind measurements made by Mariner 2 en route to Venus in 1962. The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, NASA’s first dedicated mission to study the innermost reaches of the heliosphere, makes its thermal plasma measurements using a suite of instruments called the Solar Wind Electrons, Alphas, and Protons (SWEAP) investigation. SWEAP’s electron PSP Analyzer (Solar Probe ANalyzer-Electron (SPAN-E)) instruments are a pair of top-hat electrostatic analyzers on PSP that are capable of measuring the electron distribution function in the solar wind from 2 eV to 30 keV. For the first time, in situ measurements of thermal electrons provided by SPAN-E will . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 74 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab7370 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab7370https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab7370/pdf
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Authors: Allen R. C., Lario D., Odstrcil D., Ho G. C., Jian L. K., et al.
Title: Solar Wind Streams and Stream Interaction Regions Observed by the Parker Solar Probe with Corresponding Observations at 1 au
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Several fast solar wind streams and stream interaction regions (SIRs) were observed by the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during its first orbit (2018 September-2019 January). During this time, several recurring SIRs were also seen at 1 au at both L1 (Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) and Wind) and the location of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory-Ahead (STEREO-A). In this paper, we compare four fast streams observed by PSP at different radial distances during its first orbit. For three of these fast stream events, measurements from L1 (ACE and Wind) and STEREO-A indicated that the fast streams were observed by both PSP and at least one of the 1 au monitors. Our associations are supported by simulations made by the ENLIL model driven by GONG-(ADAPT-)WSA, which allows us to context. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 36 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab578f Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab578f
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Authors: Lario D., Balmaceda L., Alzate N., Mays M. L., Richardson I. G., et al.
Title: The Streamer Blowout Origin of a Flux Rope and Energetic Particle Event Observed by Parker Solar Probe at 0.5 au
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The distribution of spacecraft in the inner heliosphere during 2019 March enabled comprehensive observations of an interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) that encountered Parker Solar Probe (PSP) at 0.547 au from the Sun. This ICME originated as a slow (∼311 km s-1) streamer blowout (SBO) on the Sun as measured by the white-light coronagraphs on board the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory-A and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Despite its low initial speed, the passage of the ICME at PSP was preceded by an anisotropic, energetic (≲100 keV/n) ion enhancement and by two interplanetary shocks. The ICME was embedded between slow (∼300 km s-1) solar wind and a following, relatively high-speed (∼500 km s-1), stream that most likely wa. . .
Date: 07/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 134 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942/
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Authors: Lario D., Balmaceda L., Alzate N., Mays M. L., Richardson I. G., et al.
Title: The Streamer Blowout Origin of a Flux Rope and Energetic Particle Event Observed by Parker Solar Probe at 0.5 au
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The distribution of spacecraft in the inner heliosphere during 2019 March enabled comprehensive observations of an interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) that encountered Parker Solar Probe (PSP) at 0.547 au from the Sun. This ICME originated as a slow (\~311 km s-1) streamer blowout (SBO) on the Sun as measured by the white-light coronagraphs on board the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory-A and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Despite its low initial speed, the passage of the ICME at PSP was preceded by an anisotropic, energetic (≲100 keV/n) ion enhancement and by two interplanetary shocks. The ICME was embedded between slow (\~300 km s-1) solar wind and a following, relatively high-speed (\~500 km s-1), stream that most likely was r. . .
Date: 07/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 134 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9942/
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Authors: Wiedenbeck M. E., Bučík R., Mason G. M., Ho G. C., Leske R. A., et al.
Title: 3 He-rich Solar Energetic Particle Observations at the Parker Solar Probe and near Earth
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The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) instrument suite on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft is making in situ observations of energetic ions and electrons closer to the Sun than any previous mission. Using data collected during its first two orbits, which reached perihelion distances of 0.17 au, we have searched for  3 He 3He -rich solar energetic particle (SEP) events under very quiet solar minimum conditions. On 2019-110-111 (April 20-21),  3 He 3He -rich SEPs were observed at energies near 1 MeV nucleon-1 in association with energetic protons, heavy ions, and electrons. This activity was also detected by the Ultra-Low-Energy Isotope Spectrometer and the Electron, Proton, and Alpha Monitor instruments on the Advanced C. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 42 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5963 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5963
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2019
Authors: McComas D. J., Christian E. R., Cohen C. M. S., Cummings A. C., Davis A. J., et al.
Title: Probing the energetic particle environment near the Sun
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission recently plunged through the inner heliosphere of the Sun to its perihelia, about 24 million kilometres from the Sun. Previous studies farther from the Sun (performed mostly at a distance of 1 astronomical unit) indicate that solar energetic particles are accelerated from a few kiloelectronvolts up to near-relativistic energies via at least two processes: "impulsive" events, which are usually associated with magnetic reconnection in solar flares and are typically enriched in electrons, helium-3 and heavier ions, and "gradual" events, which are typically associated with large coronal-mass-ejection-driven shocks and compressions moving through the corona and inner solar wind and are the dominant source of protons with energies between 1 and 10 megaelect. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 223 - 227 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1811-1 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1811-1
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2017
Authors: Kasper J. C., Klein K. G., Weber T., Maksimovic M., Zaslavsky A., et al.
Title: A Zone of Preferential Ion Heating Extends Tens of Solar Radii from the Sun
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The extreme temperatures and nonthermal nature of the solar corona and solar wind arise from an unidentified physical mechanism that preferentially heats certain ion species relative to others. Spectroscopic indicators of unequal temperatures commence within a fraction of a solar radius above the surface of the Sun, but the outer reach of this mechanism has yet to be determined. Here we present an empirical procedure for combining interplanetary solar wind measurements and a modeled energy equation including Coulomb relaxation to solve for the typical outer boundary of this zone of preferential heating. Applied to two decades of observations by the Wind spacecraft, our results are consistent with preferential heating being active in a zone extending from the transition region in the low. . .
Date: 11/2017 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 126 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa84b1 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/849/i=2/a=126?key=crossref.a4fda357a12d19fd2ad1aa8a3897c78f
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2013
Authors: Case A. W., Kasper J. C., Daigneau P. S., Caldwell D., Freeman M., et al.
Title: AIP Conference ProceedingsDesigning a sun-pointing Faraday cup for solar probe plus
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The NASA Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will be the first spacecraft to pass through the sub-Alfvénic solar corona. The objectives of the mission are to trace the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the solar corona and solar wind, to determine the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind, and to explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles. The Solar Wind Electrons, Alphas, and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation instrument suite on SPP will measure the bulk solar wind conditions in the inner heliosphere. SWEAP consists of the Solar Probe Cup (SPC), a sun-pointing Faraday Cup, and the Solar Probe ANalyzers (SPAN), a set of 3 electrostatic analyzers that will reside in the penumbra of SPP’s thermal protection sy. . .
Date: Publisher: AIP DOI: 10.1063/1.4811083 Available at: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/proceeding/aipcp/10.1063/1.4811083
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