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2020
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: 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 spec. . .
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: Joyce C. J., McComas D. J., Christian E. R., Schwadron N. A., Wiedenbeck M. E., et al.
Title: Energetic Particle Observations from the Parker Solar Probe Using Combined Energy Spectra from the IS⊙IS Instrument Suite
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The Integrated Science Investigations of the Sun (IS☉IS) instrument suite includes two Energetic Particle instruments: EPI-Hi, designed to measure ions from ̃1 to 200 MeV nuc−1, and EPI-Lo, designed to measure ions from ̃20 to ̃15 MeV nuc−1. We present an analysis of eight energetic proton events observed across the energy range of both instruments during Parker Solar Probe's (PSP) first two orbits in order to examine their combined energy spectra. Background corrections are applied to help resolve spectral breaks between the two instruments and are shown to be effective. In doing so we demonstrate that even in the early stages of calibration, IS☉IS is capable of producing reliable spectral observations across broad energy ranges. In addition to making g. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 41 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5948 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5948
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Authors: Joyce C. J., McComas D. J., Christian E. R., Schwadron N. A., Wiedenbeck M. E., et al.
Title: Energetic Particle Observations from the Parker Solar Probe Using Combined Energy Spectra from the IS⊙IS Instrument Suite
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The Integrated Science Investigations of the Sun (IS☉IS) instrument suite includes two Energetic Particle instruments: EPI-Hi, designed to measure ions from ̃1 to 200 MeV nuc-1, and EPI-Lo, designed to measure ions from ̃20 to ̃15 MeV nuc-1. We present an analysis of eight energetic proton events observed across the energy range of both instruments during Parker Solar Probe’s (PSP) first two orbits in order to examine their combined energy spectra. Background corrections are applied to help resolve spectral breaks between the two instruments and are shown to be effective. In doing so we demonstrate that even in the early stages of calibration, IS☉IS is capable of producing reliable spectral observations across broad energy ranges. In addition to making gro. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 41 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5948 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5948
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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 inc. . .
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: 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: Desai M. I., Mitchell D. G., Szalay J. R., Roelof E. C., Giacalone J., et al.
Title: Properties of Suprathermal-through-energetic He Ions Associated with Stream Interaction Regions Observed over the Parker Solar Probe ’s First Two Orbits
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The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) suite on board NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observed six distinct enhancements in the intensities of suprathermal-through-energetic (∼0.03─3 MeV nucleon−1) He ions associated with corotating or stream interaction regions (CIR or SIR) during its first two orbits. Our results from a survey of the time histories of the He intensities, spectral slopes, and anisotropies and the event-averaged energy spectra during these events show the following: (1) In the two strongest enhancements, seen at 0.35 and 0.85 au, the higher-energy ions arrive and maximize later than those at lower energies. In the event seen at 0.35 au, the He ions arrive when PSP was away from the SIR trailing edge and entered the rarefaction region . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 56 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab65ef Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab65efhttps://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab65ef/
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Authors: Schwadron N. A., Bale S., Bonnell J., Case A., Christian E. R., et al.
Title: Seed Population Preconditioning and Acceleration Observed by the Parker Solar Probe
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A series of solar energetic particle (SEP) events was observed by the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during the period from 2019 April 18 through 24. The PSP spacecraft was located near 0.48 au from the Sun on Parker spiral field lines that projected out to 1 au within ̃25° of the near-Earth spacecraft. These SEP events, though small compared to historically large SEP events, were among the largest observed thus far in the PSP mission and provide critical information about the space environment inside 1 au during SEP events. During this period, the Sun released multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs). One of these CMEs observed was initiated on 2019 April 20 at 01:25 UTC, and the interplanetary CME (ICME) propagated out and passed . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 33 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5527 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5527
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Authors: Schwadron N. A., Bale S., Bonnell J., Case A., Christian E. R., et al.
Title: Seed Population Preconditioning and Acceleration Observed by the Parker Solar Probe
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A series of solar energetic particle (SEP) events was observed by the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during the period from 2019 April 18 through 24. The PSP spacecraft was located near 0.48 au from the Sun on Parker spiral field lines that projected out to 1 au within ̃25° of the near-Earth spacecraft. These SEP events, though small compared to historically large SEP events, were among the largest observed thus far in the PSP mission and provide critical information about the space environment inside 1 au during SEP events. During this period, the Sun released multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs). One of these CMEs observed was initiated on 2019 April 20 at 01:25 UTC, and the interplanetary CME (ICME) propagated out and passed . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 33 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5527 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5527
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Authors: Hill M. E., Mitchell D. G., Allen R. C., de Nolfo G. A., Vourlidas A., et al.
Title: Small, Low-energy, Dispersive Solar Energetic Particle Events Observed by Parker Solar Probe
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The Energetic Particle Instrument-Low Energy (EPI-Lo) experiment has detected several weak, low-energy (̃30-300 keV nucleon-1) solar energetic particle (SEP) events during its first two closest approaches to the Sun, providing a unique opportunity to explore the sources of low-energy particle acceleration. As part of the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) suite, EPI-Lo was designed to investigate the physics of energetic particles; however, in the special lowest-energy "time-of-flight only" product used in this study, it also responds to solar photons in a subset of approximately sunward-looking apertures lacking special light-attenuating foils. During the first three perihelia, in a frame rotating with the Sun, PSP undergoes retro. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 65 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab643d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab643
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Authors: Hill M. E., Mitchell D. G., Allen R. C., de Nolfo G. A., Vourlidas A., et al.
Title: Small, Low-energy, Dispersive Solar Energetic Particle Events Observed by Parker Solar Probe
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The Energetic Particle Instrument─Low Energy (EPI-Lo) experiment has detected several weak, low-energy (̃30─300 keV nucleon─1) solar energetic particle (SEP) events during its first two closest approaches to the Sun, providing a unique opportunity to explore the sources of low-energy particle acceleration. As part of the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS☉IS) suite, EPI-Lo was designed to investigate the physics of energetic particles; however, in the special lowest-energy "time-of-flight only" product used in this study, it also responds to solar photons in a subset of approximately sunward-looking apertures lacking special light-attenuating foils. During the first three perihelia, in a frame rotating with the Sun, PSP undergoes. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 65 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab643d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab643
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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 sof. . .
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: 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: 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 Adva. . .
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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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 megaelectro. . .
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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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: Hill M. E., Mitchell D. G., Andrews G. B., Cooper S. A., Gurnee R. S., et al.
Title: The Mushroom: A half-sky energetic ion and electron detector
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We present a time-of-flight mass spectrometer design for the measurement of ions in the 30 keV to 10 MeV range for protons (up to 40 MeV and 150 MeV for He and heavy ions, respectively) and 30 keV to 1 MeV range for electrons, covering half of the sky with 80 apertures. The instrument, known as the "Mushroom," owing to its shape, solves the field of view problem for magnetospheric and heliospheric missions that employ three-axis stabilized spacecraft, yet still require extended angular coverage; the Mushroom is also compatible with a spinning spacecraft. The most important new feature of the Mushroom is the method through which uncomplicated electrostatic optics and clean position sensing combine to permit many apertures to fit into a compact, low-mass sensor head (or wedge), several of. . .
Date: 02/2017 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1002/2016JA022614 Available at: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/2016JA022614
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Authors: Hill M. E., Mitchell D. G., Andrews G. B., Cooper S. A., Gurnee R. S., et al.
Title: The Mushroom: A half-sky energetic ion and electron detector
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We present a time-of-flight mass spectrometer design for the measurement of ions in the 30 keV to 10 MeV range for protons (up to 40 MeV and 150 MeV for He and heavy ions, respectively) and 30 keV to 1 MeV range for electrons, covering half of the sky with 80 apertures. The instrument, known as the "Mushroom," owing to its shape, solves the field of view problem for magnetospheric and heliospheric missions that employ three-axis stabilized spacecraft, yet still require extended angular coverage; the Mushroom is also compatible with a spinning spacecraft. The most important new feature of the Mushroom is the method through which uncomplicated electrostatic optics and clean position sensing combine to permit many apertures to fit into a compact, low-mass sensor head (or wedge), several of. . .
Date: 02/2017 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1002/2016JA022614 Available at: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/2016JA022614
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2014
Authors: McComas D. J., Alexander N., Angold N., Bale S., Beebe C., et al.
Title: Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS): Design of the Energetic Particle Investigation
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The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) is a complete science investigation on the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission, which flies to within nine solar radii of the Sun’s surface. ISIS comprises a two-instrument suite to measure energetic particles over a very broad energy range, as well as coordinated management, science operations, data processing, and scientific analysis. Together, ISIS observations allow us to explore the mechanisms of energetic particles dynamics, including their: (1) Origins—defining the seed populations and physical conditions necessary for energetic particle acceleration; (2) Acceleration—determining the roles of shocks, reconnection, waves, and turbulence in accelerating energetic particles; and (3) Transport—revealing how ener. . .
Date: 07/2014 Publisher: Space Science Reviews DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0059-1 Available at: http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-014-0059-1
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Authors: McComas D. J., Alexander N., Angold N., Bale S., Beebe C., et al.
Title: Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS): Design of the Energetic Particle Investigation
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The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) is a complete science investigation on the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission, which flies to within nine solar radii of the Sun’s surface. ISIS comprises a two-instrument suite to measure energetic particles over a very broad energy range, as well as coordinated management, science operations, data processing, and scientific analysis. Together, ISIS observations allow us to explore the mechanisms of energetic particles dynamics, including their: (1) Origins—defining the seed populations and physical conditions necessary for energetic particle acceleration; (2) Acceleration—determining the roles of shocks, reconnection, waves, and turbulence in accelerating energetic particles; and (3) Transport—revealing how ener. . .
Date: 07/2014 Publisher: Space Science Reviews DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0059-1 Available at: http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-014-0059-1
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