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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: Chhiber Rohit, Goldstein M L., Maruca B. A., Chasapis A., Matthaeus W. H., et al.
Title: Clustering of Intermittent Magnetic and Flow Structures near Parker Solar Probe ’s First Perihelion—A Partial-variance-of-increments Analysis
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During the Parker Solar Probe’s (PSP) first perihelion pass, the spacecraft reached within a heliocentric distance of ̃37 R and observed numerous magnetic and flow structures characterized by sharp gradients. To better understand these intermittent structures in the young solar wind, an important property to examine is their degree of correlation in time and space. To this end, we use the well-tested partial variance of increments (PVI) technique to identify intermittent events in FIELDS and SWEAP observations of magnetic and proton-velocity fields (respectively) during PSP’s first solar encounter, when the spacecraft was within 0.25 au from the Sun. We then examine distributions of waiting times (WT) between events with varying separation and PVI thresholds. We find . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 31 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab53d2 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab53d2
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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: 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: Zhao L.-L., Zank G. P., Adhikari L., Hu Q., Kasper J. C., et al.
Title: Identification of Magnetic Flux Ropes from Parker Solar Probe Observations during the First Encounter
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observed an interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) event during its first orbit around the Sun, among many other events. This event is analyzed by applying a wavelet analysis technique to obtain the reduced magnetic helicity, cross helicity, and residual energy, the first two of which are magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) invariants. Our results show that the ICME, as a large-scale magnetic flux rope, possesses high magnetic helicity, very low cross helicity, and highly negative residual energy, thus pointing to a magnetic fluctuation dominated structure. Using the same technique, we also search for small-scale coherent magnetic flux rope structures during the period from 2018 October 22 to November 21, which are intrinsic to quasi-two-dimensional MHD turbulen. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 26 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1
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Authors: Phan T. D., Bale S. D., Eastwood J. P., Lavraud B., Drake J. F., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe In Situ Observations of Magnetic Reconnection Exhausts during Encounter 1
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Magnetic reconnection in current sheets converts magnetic energy into particle energy. The process may play an important role in the acceleration and heating of the solar wind close to the Sun. Observations from Parker Solar Probe (PSP) provide a new opportunity to study this problem, as it measures the solar wind at unprecedented close distances to the Sun. During the first orbit, PSP encountered a large number of current sheets in the solar wind through perihelion at 35.7 solar radii. We performed a comprehensive survey of these current sheets and found evidence for 21 reconnection exhausts. These exhausts were observed in heliospheric current sheets, coronal mass ejections, and regular solar wind. However, we find that the majority of current sheets encountered around perihelion, whe. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 34 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee
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Authors: Krasnoselskikh V., Larosa A., Agapitov O., de Wit Dudok, Moncuquet M., et al.
Title: Localized Magnetic-field Structures and Their Boundaries in the Near-Sun Solar Wind from Parker Solar Probe Measurements
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One of the discoveries of the Parker Solar Probe during its first encounters with the Sun is ubiquitous presence of relatively small-scale structures standing out as sudden deflections of the magnetic field. They were named "switchbacks" since some of them show a full reversal of the radial component of the magnetic field and then return to "regular" conditions. We carried out an analysis of three typical switchback structures having different characteristics: I. Alfvénic structure, where the variations of the magnetic field components take place while conserving the magnitude of the magnetic field; II. Compressional structure, where the magnitude of the field varies together with changes of its components; and III. Structure manifesting full reversal of the magnetic field, presumably . . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 93 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab7f2d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab7f2d
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Authors: Parashar T. N., Goldstein M. L., Maruca B. A., Matthaeus W. H., Ruffolo D., et al.
Title: Measures of Scale-dependent Alfvénicity in the First PSP Solar Encounter
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The solar wind shows periods of highly Alfvénic activity, where velocity fluctuations and magnetic fluctuations are aligned or antialigned with each other. It is generally agreed that solar wind plasma velocity and magnetic field fluctuations observed by the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during the first encounter are mostly highly Alfvénic. However, quantitative measures of Alfvénicity are needed to understand how the characterization of these fluctuations compares with standard measures from prior missions in the inner and outer heliosphere, in fast wind and slow wind, and at high and low latitudes. To investigate this issue, we employ several measures to quantify the extent of Alfvénicity—the Alfvén ratio rA, the normalized cross helicity σc, the normalized r. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 58 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab64e6 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab64e6
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Authors: Bowen T. A., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., de Wit Dudok, Goetz K., et al.
Title: A Merged Search-Coil and Fluxgate Magnetometer Data Product for Parker Solar Probe FIELDS
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission is currently investigating the local plasma environment of the inner heliosphere (<0.25 R) using both in situ and remote sensing instrumentation. Connecting signatures of microphysical particle heating and acceleration processes to macroscale heliospheric structure requires sensitive measurements of electromagnetic fields over a large range of physical scales. The FIELDS instrument, which provides PSP with in situ measurements of electromagnetic fields of the inner heliosphere and corona, includes a set of three vector magnetometers: two fluxgate magnetometers (MAGs) and a single inductively coupled search-coil magnetometer (SCM). Together, the three FIELDS magnetometers enable measurements of the local magnetic field with a ban. . .
Date: 05/2020 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2020JA027813 Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020JA027813https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1029/2020JA027813
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Authors: Szalay J. R., Pokorný P., Bale S. D., Christian E. R., Goetz K., et al.
Title: The Near-Sun Dust Environment: Initial Observations from Parker Solar Probe
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft has flown into the densest, previously unexplored, innermost region of our solar system’s zodiacal cloud. While PSP does not have a dedicated dust detector, multiple instruments on the spacecraft are sensitive to the effects of meteoroid bombardment. Here, we discuss measurements taken during PSP’s second orbit and compare them to models of the zodiacal cloud’s dust distribution. Comparing the radial impact rate trends and the timing and location of a dust impact to an energetic particle detector, we find the impactor population to be consistent with dust grains on hyperbolic orbits escaping the solar system. Assuming PSP’s impact environment is dominated by hyperbolic impactors, the total quantity of dust ejected from our solar system is . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 27 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab50c1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab50c1
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Authors: Qudsi R. A., Maruca B. A., Matthaeus W. H., Parashar T. N., Bandyopadhyay Riddhi, et al.
Title: Observations of Heating along Intermittent Structures in the Inner Heliosphere from PSP Data
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The solar wind proton temperature at 1 au has been found to be correlated with small-scale intermittent magnetic structures, i.e., regions with enhanced temperature are associated with coherent structures, such as current sheets. Using Parker Solar Probe data from the first encounter, we study this association using measurements of the radial proton temperature, employing the partial variance of increments (PVI) technique to identify intermittent magnetic structures. We observe that the probability density functions of high PVI events have higher median temperatures than those with lower PVI. The regions in space where PVI peaks were also locations that had enhanced temperatures when compared with similar regions, suggesting a heating mechanism in the young solar wind that is associated. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 46 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5c19 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5c19
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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: Kim T. K., Pogorelov N. V., Arge C. N., Henney C. J., Jones-Mecholsky S. I., et al.
Title: Predicting the Solar Wind at the Parker Solar Probe Using an Empirically Driven MHD Model
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Since its launch on 2018 August 12, Parker Solar Probe (PSP) has completed its first and second orbits around the Sun, having reached down to 35.7 solar radii at each perihelion. In anticipation of the exciting new data at such unprecedented distances, we have simulated the global 3D heliosphere using an MHD model coupled with a semi-empirical coronal model using the best available photospheric magnetograms as input. We compare our heliospheric MHD simulation results with in situ measurements along the PSP trajectory from its launch to the completion of the second orbit, with particular emphasis on the solar wind structure around the first two solar encounters. Furthermore, we show our model prediction for the third perihelion, which occurred on 2019 September 1. Comparison of the MHD r. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 40 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab58c9 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab58c9
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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: 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: Agapitov O. V., de Wit Dudok, Mozer F. S., Bonnell J. W., Drake J. F., et al.
Title: Sunward-propagating Whistler Waves Collocated with Localized Magnetic Field Holes in the Solar Wind: Parker Solar Probe Observations at 35.7 R Radii
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Observations by the Parker Solar Probe mission of the solar wind at \~35.7 solar radii reveal the existence of whistler wave packets with frequencies below 0.1 fce (20-80 Hz in the spacecraft frame). These waves often coincide with local minima of the magnetic field magnitude or with sudden deflections of the magnetic field that are called switchbacks. Their sunward propagation leads to a significant Doppler frequency downshift from 200-300 to 20-80 Hz (from 0.2 to 0.5 fce). The polarization of these waves varies from quasi-parallel to significantly oblique with wave normal angles that are close to the resonance cone. Their peak amplitude can be as large as 2-4 nT. Such values represent approximately 10% of the background magnetic field, which is considerably more . . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L20 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab799c Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab799c
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Authors: Mozer F. S., Agapitov O. V., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., Case T., et al.
Title: Switchbacks in the Solar Magnetic Field: Their Evolution, Their Content, and Their Effects on the Plasma
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Switchbacks (rotations of the magnetic field) are observed on the Parker Solar Probe. Their evolution, content, and plasma effects are studied in this paper. The solar wind does not receive a net acceleration from switchbacks that it encountered upstream of the observation point. The typical switchback rotation angle increased with radial distance. Significant Poynting fluxes existed inside, but not outside, switchbacks, and the dependence of the Poynting flux amplitude on the switchback radial location and rotation angle is explained quantitatively as being proportional to (B sin(θ))2. The solar wind flow inside switchbacks was faster than that outside due to the frozen-in ions moving with the magnetic structure at the Alfvén speed. This energy gain results from the diverg. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 68 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab7196 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab7196
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Authors: Mozer F. S., Agapitov O. V., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., Goetz K., et al.
Title: Time Domain Structures and Dust in the Solar Vicinity: Parker Solar Probe Observations
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On 2019 April 5, while the Parker Solar Probe was at its 35 solar radius perihelion, the data set collected at 293 samples/s contained more than 10,000 examples of spiky electric-field-like structures with durations less than 200 milliseconds and amplitudes greater than 10 mV m-1. The vast majority of these events were caused by plasma turbulence. Defining dust events as those with similar, narrowly peaked, positive, and single-ended signatures resulted in finding 135 clear dust events, which, after correcting for the low detection efficiently, resulted in an estimate consistent with the 1000 dust events expected from other techniques. Defining time domain structures (TDS) as those with opposite polarity signals in the opposite antennas resulted in finding 238 clear TDS event. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 50 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5e4b Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5e4b
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2019
Authors: Bale S. D., Badman S. T., Bonnell J. W., Bowen T. A., Burgess D., et al.
Title: Highly structured slow solar wind emerging from an equatorial coronal hole
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During the solar minimum, when the Sun is at its least active, the solar wind is observed at high latitudes as a predominantly fast (more than 500 kilometres per second), highly Alfvénic rarefied stream of plasma originating from deep within coronal holes. Closer to the ecliptic plane, the solar wind is interspersed with a more variable slow wind of less than 500 kilometres per second. The precise origins of the slow wind streams are less certain; theories and observations suggest that they may originate at the tips of helmet streamers, from interchange reconnection near coronal hole boundaries, or within coronal holes with highly diverging magnetic fields. The heating mechanism required to drive the solar wind is also unresolved, although candidate mechanisms include Alfvé;n-wave tur. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 237 - 242 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1818-7 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1818-7
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2017
Authors: Pulupa M., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., Bowen T. A., Carruth N., et al.
Title: The solar probe plus radio frequency spectrometer: Measurement requirements, analog design, and digital signal processing
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The Radio Frequency Spectrometer (RFS) is a two-channel digital receiver and spectrometer, which will make remote sensing observations of radio waves and in situ measurements of electrostatic and electromagnetic fluctuations in the solar wind. A part of the FIELDS suite for Solar Probe Plus (SPP), the RFS is optimized for measurements in the inner heliosphere, where solar radio bursts are more intense and the plasma frequency is higher compared to previous measurements at distances of 1 AU or greater. The inputs to the RFS receiver are the four electric antennas mounted near the front of the SPP spacecraft and a single axis of the SPP search coil magnetometer (SCM). Each RFS channel selects a monopole or dipole antenna input, or the SCM input, via multiplexers. The primary data products. . .
Date: 03/2017 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1002/2016JA023345 Available at: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2016JA023345
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2016
Authors: Bale S. D., Goetz K., Harvey P. R., Turin P., Bonnell J. W., et al.
Title: The FIELDS Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus
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NASA’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will make the first in situ measurements of the solar corona and the birthplace of the solar wind. The FIELDS instrument suite on SPP will make direct measurements of electric and magnetic fields, the properties of in situ plasma waves, electron density and temperature profiles, and interplanetary radio emissions, amongst other things. Here, we describe the scientific objectives targeted by the SPP/FIELDS instrument, the instrument design itself, and the instrument concept of operations and planned data products.


Date: 12/2016 Publisher: Space Science Reviews Pages: 49 - 82 DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5.pd
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