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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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2010
Authors: Ergun R. E., Malaspina D. M., Bale S. D., McFadden J. P., Larson D. E., et al.
Title: Spacecraft charging and ion wake formation in the near-Sun environment
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A three-dimensional, self-consistent code is employed to solve for the static potential structure surrounding a spacecraft in a high photoelectron environment. The numerical solutions show that, under certain conditions, a spacecraft can take on a negative potential in spite of strong photoelectron currents. The negative potential is due to an electrostatic barrier near the surface of the spacecraft that can reflect a large fraction of the photoelectron flux back to the spacecraft. This electrostatic barrier forms if (1) the photoelectron density at the surface of the spacecraft greatly exceeds the ambient plasma density, (2) the spacecraft size is significantly larger than local Debye length of the photoelectrons, and (3) the thermal electron energy is much larger than the characterist. . .
Date: 07/2010 Publisher: Physics of Plasmas Pages: 072903 DOI: 10.1063/1.3457484 Available at: http://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.3457484http://aip.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1063/1.3457484
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