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2020
Authors: Berčič Laura, Larson Davin, Whittlesey Phyllis, Maksimovic Milan, Badman Samuel T., et al.
Title: Coronal Electron Temperature Inferred from the Strahl Electrons in the Inner Heliosphere: Parker Solar Probe and Helios Observations
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The shape of the electron velocity distribution function plays an important role in the dynamics of the solar wind acceleration. Electrons are normally modeled with three components, the core, the halo, and the strahl. We investigate how well the fast strahl electrons in the inner heliosphere preserve the information about the coronal electron temperature at their origin. We analyzed the data obtained by two missions, Helios, spanning the distances between 65 and 215 RS, and Parker Solar Probe (PSP), reaching down to 35 RS during its first two orbits around the Sun. The electron strahl was characterized with two parameters: pitch-angle width (PAW) and the strahl parallel temperature (Ts∥). PSP observations confirm the already reported dependence of str. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 88 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab7b7a Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab7b7a
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Authors: McManus Michael D., Bowen Trevor A., Mallet Alfred, Chen Christopher H. K., Chandran Benjamin D. G., et al.
Title: Cross Helicity Reversals in Magnetic Switchbacks
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We consider 2D joint distributions of normalized residual energy, σr(s, t), and cross helicity, σc(s, t), during one day of Parker Solar Probe's (PSP's) first encounter as a function of wavelet scale s. The broad features of the distributions are similar to previous observations made by Helios in slow solar wind, namely well-correlated and fairly Alfvénic wind, except for a population with negative cross helicity that is seen at shorter wavelet scales. We show that this population is due to the presence of magnetic switchbacks, or brief periods where the magnetic field polarity reverses. Such switchbacks have been observed before, both in Helios data and in Ulysses data in the polar solar wind. Their abundance and short timescales as seen by PSP in its first enc. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 67 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6dce Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365
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Authors: Krupar Vratislav, Szabo Adam, Maksimovic Milan, Kruparova Oksana, Kontar Eduard P., et al.
Title: Density Fluctuations in the Solar Wind Based on Type III Radio Bursts Observed by Parker Solar Probe
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Radio waves are strongly scattered in the solar wind, so that their apparent sources seem to be considerably larger and shifted than the actual ones. Since the scattering depends on the spectrum of density turbulence, a better understanding of the radio wave propagation provides indirect information on the relative density fluctuations, ϵ=⟨δn⟩/⟨n⟩ ϵ=⟨δn⟩/⟨n⟩ , at the effective turbulence scale length. Here, we analyzed 30 type III bursts detected by Parker Solar Probe (PSP). For the first time, we retrieved type III burst decay times, τ d  τd , between 1 and 10 MHz thanks to an unparalleled temporal resolution of PSP. We observed a significant deviation in a power-law slope for frequencies above 1 MHz. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 57 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab65bd Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab65bd
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Authors: Bandyopadhyay Riddhi, Goldstein M. L., Maruca B. A., Matthaeus W. H., Parashar T. N., et al.
Title: Enhanced Energy Transfer Rate in Solar Wind Turbulence Observed near the Sun from Parker Solar Probe
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Direct evidence of an inertial-range turbulent energy cascade has been provided by spacecraft observations in heliospheric plasmas. In the solar wind, the average value of the derived heating rate near 1 au is ∼10 3 Jkg −1 s −1  ∼103Jkg−1s−1 , an amount sufficient to account for observed departures from adiabatic expansion. Parker Solar Probe, even during its first solar encounter, offers the first opportunity to compute, in a similar fashion, a fluid-scale energy decay rate, much closer to the solar corona than any prior in situ observations. Using the Politano─Pouquet third-order law and the von Kármán decay law, we estimate the fluid-range energy transfer rate in the inner heliosphere, at heliocentric distance R ranging from 54 RDate: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 48 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dae Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dae
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Authors: Martinović Mihailo M., Klein Kristopher G., Kasper Justin C., Case Anthony W., Korreck Kelly E., et al.
Title: The Enhancement of Proton Stochastic Heating in the Near-Sun Solar Wind
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Stochastic heating (SH) is a nonlinear heating mechanism driven by the violation of magnetic moment invariance due to large-amplitude turbulent fluctuations producing diffusion of ions toward higher kinetic energies in the direction perpendicular to the magnetic field. It is frequently invoked as a mechanism responsible for the heating of ions in the solar wind. Here, we quantify for the first time the proton SH rate Q at radial distances from the Sun as close as 0.16 au, using measurements from the first two Parker Solar Probe encounters. Our results for both the amplitude and radial trend of the heating rate, Q ∝ r−2.5, agree with previous results based on the Helios data set at heliocentric distances from 0.3 to 0.9 au. Also in agreement wit. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 30 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab527f Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab527f
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Authors: Szabo Adam, Larson Davin, Whittlesey Phyllis, Stevens Michael L., Lavraud Benoit, et al.
Title: The Heliospheric Current Sheet in the Inner Heliosphere Observed by the Parker Solar Probe
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) completed its first solar encounter in 2018 November, bringing it closer to the Sun than any previous mission. This allowed in situ investigation of the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) inside the orbit of Venus. The Parker observations reveal a well defined magnetic sector structure placing the spacecraft in a negative polarity region for most of the encounter. The observed current sheet crossings are compared to the predictions of both potential field source surface and magnetohydrodynamic models. All the model predictions are in good qualitative agreement with the observed crossings of the HCS. The models also generally agree that the HCS was nearly parallel with the solar equator during the inbound leg of the encounter and more significantly inclined dur. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 47 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dac Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dach
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Authors: Bowen Trevor A., Mallet Alfred, Huang Jia, Klein Kristopher G., Malaspina David M., et al.
Title: Ion-scale Electromagnetic Waves in the Inner Heliosphere
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Understanding the physical processes in the solar wind and corona that actively contribute to heating, acceleration, and dissipation is a primary objective of NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. Observations of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves at ion scales suggest that cyclotron resonance and wave─particle interactions are dynamically relevant in the inner heliosphere. A wavelet-based statistical study of circularly polarized events in the first perihelion encounter of PSP demonstrates that transverse electromagnetic waves at ion resonant scales are observed in 30─50% of radial field intervals. Average wave amplitudes of approximately 4 nT are measured, while the mean duration of wave events is on the order of 20 s; however, long-duration wave events can exist withou. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 66 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c65 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/
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Authors: Vech Daniel, Kasper Justin C., Klein Kristopher G., Huang Jia, Stevens Michael L., et al.
Title: Kinetic-scale Spectral Features of Cross Helicity and Residual Energy in the Inner Heliosphere
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In this work, we present the first results from the flux angle (FA) operation mode of the Faraday Cup instrument on board the Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The FA mode allows rapid measurements of phase space density fluctuations close to the peak of the proton velocity distribution function with a cadence of 293 Hz. This approach provides an invaluable tool for understanding kinetic-scale turbulence in the solar wind and solar corona. We describe a technique to convert the phase space density fluctuations into vector velocity components and compute several turbulence parameters, such as spectral index, residual energy, and cross helicity during two intervals when the FA mode was used in PSP's first encounter at 0.174 au distance from the Sun.


Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 52 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2
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Authors: Badman Samuel T., Bale Stuart D., Oliveros Juan C. Martín, Panasenco Olga, Velli Marco, et al.
Title: Magnetic Connectivity of the Ecliptic Plane within 0.5 au: Potential Field Source Surface Modeling of the First Parker Solar Probe Encounter
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We compare magnetic field measurements taken by the FIELDS instrument on board Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during its first solar encounter to predictions obtained by potential field source surface (PFSS) modeling. Ballistic propagation is used to connect the spacecraft to the source surface. Despite the simplicity of the model, our results show striking agreement with PSP's first observations of the heliospheric magnetic field from ̃0.5 au (107.5 R) down to 0.16 au (35.7 R). Further, we show the robustness of the agreement is improved both by allowing the photospheric input to the model to vary in time, and by advecting the field from PSP down to the PFSS model domain using in situ PSP/Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons measurements of the solar wind spee. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 23 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4da7 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4da7
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Authors: Malaspina David M., Halekas Jasper, Berčič Laura, Larson Davin, Whittlesey Phyllis, et al.
Title: Plasma Waves near the Electron Cyclotron Frequency in the Near-Sun Solar Wind
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Data from the first two orbits of the Sun by Parker Solar Probe reveal that the solar wind sunward of 50 solar radii is replete with plasma waves and instabilities. One of the most prominent plasma wave power enhancements in this region appears near the electron cyclotron frequency (fce). Most of this wave power is concentrated in electric field fluctuations near 0.7 fce and fce, with strong harmonics of both frequencies extending above fce. At least two distinct, often concurrent, wave modes are observed, preliminarily identified as electrostatic whistler-mode waves and electron Bernstein waves. Wave intervals range in duration from a few seconds to hours. Both the amplitudes and number of detections of these near-fce waves increas. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 21 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4c3b Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4c3b
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Authors: Horbury Timothy S., Woolley Thomas, Laker Ronan, Matteini Lorenzo, Eastwood Jonathan, et al.
Title: Sharp Alfvénic Impulses in the Near-Sun Solar Wind
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Measurements of the near-Sun solar wind by the Parker Solar Probe have revealed the presence of large numbers of discrete Alfvénic impulses with an anti-sunward sense of propagation. These are similar to those previously observed near 1 au, in high speed streams over the Sun's poles and at 60 solar radii. At 35 solar radii, however, they are typically shorter and sharper than seen elsewhere. In addition, these spikes occur in "patches" and there are also clear periods within the same stream when they do not occur; the timescale of these patches might be related to the rate at which the spacecraft magnetic footpoint tracks across the coronal hole from which the plasma originated. While the velocity fluctuations associated with these spikes are typically under 100 km s−1, du. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 45 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5b15 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5b15
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Authors: de Wit Thierry Dudok, Krasnoselskikh Vladimir V., Bale Stuart D., Bonnell John W., Bowen Trevor A., et al.
Title: Switchbacks in the Near-Sun Magnetic Field: Long Memory and Impact on the Turbulence Cascade
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One of the most striking observations made by Parker Solar Probe during its first solar encounter is the omnipresence of rapid polarity reversals in a magnetic field that is otherwise mostly radial. These so-called switchbacks strongly affect the dynamics of the magnetic field. We concentrate here on their macroscopic properties. First, we find that these structures are self-similar, and have neither a characteristic magnitude, nor a characteristic duration. Their waiting time statistics show evidence of aggregation. The associated long memory resides in their occurrence rate, and is not inherent to the background fluctuations. Interestingly, the spectral properties of inertial range turbulence differ inside and outside of switchback structures; in the latter the 1/f range extends to hi. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 39 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5853 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5853
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