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2020
Authors: Nieves-Chinchilla Teresa, Szabo Adam, Korreck Kelly E., Alzate Nathalia, Balmaceda Laura A., et al.
Title: Analysis of the Internal Structure of the Streamer Blowout Observed by the Parker Solar Probe During the First Solar Encounter
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In this paper, we present an analysis of the internal structure of a coronal mass ejection (CME) detected by in situ instruments on board the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft during its first solar encounter. On 2018 November 11 at 23:53 UT, the FIELDS magnetometer measured an increase in strength of the magnetic field as well as a coherent change in the field direction. The SWEAP instrument simultaneously detected a low proton temperature and signatures of bidirectionality in the electron pitch angle distribution (PAD). These signatures are indicative of a CME embedded in the slow solar wind. Operating in conjunction with PSP was the STEREO A spacecraft, which enabled the remote observation of a streamer blowout by the SECCHI suite of instruments. The source at the Sun of the slow a. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 63 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f5 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f5
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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: Page Brent, Bale Stuart D., Bonnell J. W., Goetz Keith, Goodrich Katherine, et al.
Title: Examining Dust Directionality with the Parker Solar Probe FIELDS Instrument
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Parker Solar Probe's (PSP's) FIELDS instrument provides a measure of the dust impact rate on the spacecraft with a full-coverage summary of the voltages recorded by the spacecraft's antennas. From consecutively sampled periods throughout PSP's orbit, FIELDS stores the maximum amplitude measured by each active antenna. The occurrence of a dust impact during a given period can be identified by these amplitudes exceeding a few tens of millivolts, and a dust grain's impact location can be approximated using the differential amplitudes between antennas. The impact locations indicated in the data are inspected for compatibility with the incident directions of prograde, retrograde, and β-meteoroid orbits in the ecliptic. Important features in the data are consistent with the incidence of β-m. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 51 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5f6a Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5f6a
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Authors: Panasenco Olga, Velli Marco, D’Amicis Raffaella, Shi Chen, Réville Victor, et al.
Title: Exploring Solar Wind Origins and Connecting Plasma Flows from the Parker Solar Probe to 1 au: Nonspherical Source Surface and Alfvénic Fluctuations
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The magnetic field measurements of the FIELDS instrument on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) have shown intensities, throughout its first solar encounter, that require a very low source surface (SS) height ( R SS ⩽1.8R ⊙  RSS⩽1.8R⊙ ) to be reconciled with magnetic field measurements at the Sun via potential field extrapolation (PFSS). However, during PSP's second encounter, the situation went back to a more classic SS height ( R SS ⩽2.5R ⊙  RSS⩽2.5R⊙ ). Here we use high-resolution observations of the photospheric magnetic field (Solar Dynamics Observatory/Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager) to calculate neutral lines and boundaries of the open field regions for SS heights from 1.2 to 2.5 RDate: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 54 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f4 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f4
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Authors: Moncuquet Michel, Meyer-Vernet Nicole, Issautier Karine, Pulupa Marc, Bonnell J. W., et al.
Title: First In Situ Measurements of Electron Density and Temperature from Quasi-thermal Noise Spectroscopy with Parker Solar Probe /FIELDS
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Heat transport in the solar corona and wind is still a major unsolved astrophysical problem. Because of the key role played by electrons, the electron density and temperature(s) are important prerequisites for understanding these plasmas. We present such in situ measurements along the two first solar encounters of the Parker Solar Probe, between 0.5 and 0.17 au from the Sun, revealing different states of the emerging solar wind near the solar activity minimum. These preliminary results are obtained from a simplified analysis of the plasma quasi-thermal noise (QTN) spectrum measured by the Radio Frequency Spectrometer (FIELDS). The local electron density is deduced from the tracking of the plasma line, which enables accurate measurements, independent of calibrations and spacecraft pertur. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 44 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5a84 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5a84
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Authors: Malaspina David M., Szalay Jamey R., Pokorný Petr, Page Brent, Bale Stuart D., et al.
Title: In Situ Observations of Interplanetary Dust Variability in the Inner Heliosphere
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This work examines the variation of interplanetary dust count rates and directionality during the first three solar encounters made by the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, covering distances between 0.65 au (∼140 solar radii, RS) and 0.16 au (∼35 RS). Dust detections are made by the FIELDS instrument via plasma clouds, produced by impact ionization of dust grains on spacecraft surfaces and resultant spacecraft potential perturbations. Dust count rates and inferred densities are found to vary by ∼50% between the three solar encounters (∼5 months per orbit), with most of the variation concentrated below 0.23 au (∼50RS). Dust count rates and directionality, as well as the encounter-to-encounter variability in both quantities are found to be consiste. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 115 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b
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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: 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: Tenerani Anna, Velli Marco, Matteini Lorenzo, Réville Victor, Shi Chen, et al.
Title: Magnetic Field Kinks and Folds in the Solar Wind
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Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observations during its first encounter at 35.7 R have shown the presence of magnetic field lines that are strongly perturbed to the point that they produce local inversions of the radial magnetic field, known as switchbacks. Their counterparts in the solar wind velocity field are local enhancements in the radial speed, or jets, displaying (in all components) the velocity─magnetic field correlation typical of large amplitude Alfvén waves propagating away from the Sun. Switchbacks and radial jets have previously been observed over a wide range of heliocentric distances by Helios, Wind, and Ulysses, although they were prevalent in significantly faster streams than seen at PSP. Here we study via numerical magnetohydrodynamics simulations the evolut. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 32 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab53e1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab53e1
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Authors: Bandyopadhyay Riddhi, Matthaeus W. H., Parashar T. N., Chhiber R., Ruffolo D., et al.
Title: Observations of Energetic-particle Population Enhancements along Intermittent Structures near the Sun from the Parker Solar Probe
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Observations at 1 au have confirmed that enhancements in measured energetic-particle (EP) fluxes are statistically associated with "rough" magnetic fields, i.e., fields with atypically large spatial derivatives or increments, as measured by the Partial Variance of Increments (PVI) method. One way to interpret this observation is as an association of the EPs with trapping or channeling within magnetic flux tubes, possibly near their boundaries. However, it remains unclear whether this association is a transport or local effect; i.e., the particles might have been energized at a distant location, perhaps by shocks or reconnection, or they might experience local energization or re-acceleration. The Parker Solar Probe (PSP), even in its first two orbits, offers a unique opportunity to study. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 61 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6220 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab6220
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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: Duan Die, Bowen Trevor A., Chen Christopher H. K., Mallet Alfred, He Jiansen, et al.
Title: The Radial Dependence of Proton-scale Magnetic Spectral Break in Slow Solar Wind during PSP Encounter 2
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Magnetic field fluctuations in the solar wind are commonly observed to follow a power-law spectrum. Near proton-kinetic scales, a spectral break occurs that is commonly interpreted as a transition to kinetic turbulence. However, this transition is not yet entirely understood. By studying the scaling of the break with various plasma properties, it may be possible to constrain the processes leading to the onset of kinetic turbulence. Using data from the Parker Solar Probe, we measure the proton-scale break over a range of heliocentric distances, enabling a measurement of the transition from inertial to kinetic-scale turbulence under various plasma conditions. We find that the break frequency fb increases as the heliocentric distance r decreases in the slow solar wind following . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 55 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab672d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab672d
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Authors: Rouillard Alexis P., Kouloumvakos Athanasios, Vourlidas Angelos, Kasper Justin, Bale Stuart, et al.
Title: Relating Streamer Flows to Density and Magnetic Structures at the Parker Solar Probe
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The physical mechanisms that produce the slow solar wind are still highly debated. Parker Solar Probe's (PSP's) second solar encounter provided a new opportunity to relate in situ measurements of the nascent slow solar wind with white-light images of streamer flows. We exploit data taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO), and the Wide Imager on Solar Probe to reveal for the first time a close link between imaged streamer flows and the high-density plasma measured by the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) experiment. We identify different types of slow winds measured by PSP that we relate to the spacecraft's magnetic connectivity (or not) to streamer flows. SWEAP measured high-density and highly variable plasma wh. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 37 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab579a Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab579a
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Authors: Réville Victor, Velli Marco, Panasenco Olga, Tenerani Anna, Shi Chen, et al.
Title: The Role of Alfvén Wave Dynamics on the Large-scale Properties of the Solar Wind: Comparing an MHD Simulation with Parker Solar Probe E1 Data
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During Parker Solar Probe's first orbit, the solar wind plasma was observed in situ closer than ever before, the perihelion on 2018 November 6 revealing a flow that is constantly permeated by large-amplitude Alfvénic fluctuations. These include radial magnetic field reversals, or switchbacks, that seem to be a persistent feature of the young solar wind. The measurements also reveal a very strong, unexpected, azimuthal velocity component. In this work, we numerically model the solar corona during this first encounter, solving the MHD equations and accounting for Alfvén wave transport and dissipation. We find that the large-scale plasma parameters are well reproduced, allowing the computation of the solar wind sources at Probe with confidence. We try to understand the dynamical nature o. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 24 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4fef Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4fef
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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: Pulupa Marc, Bale Stuart D., Badman Samuel T., Bonnell J. W., Case Anthony W., et al.
Title: Statistics and Polarization of Type III Radio Bursts Observed in the Inner Heliosphere
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We present initial results from the Radio Frequency Spectrometer, the high-frequency component of the FIELDS experiment on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP). During the first PSP solar encounter (2018 November), only a few small radio bursts were observed. During the second encounter (2019 April), copious type III radio bursts occurred, including intervals of radio storms where bursts occurred continuously. In this paper, we present initial observations of the characteristics of type III radio bursts in the inner heliosphere, calculating occurrence rates, amplitude distributions, and spectral properties of the observed bursts. We also report observations of several bursts during the second encounter that display circular polarization in the right-hand-polarized sense, with a degree of polari. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 49 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dc0 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dc0
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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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