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2020
Authors: Macneil Allan R, Owens Mathew J, Wicks Robert T, Lockwood Mike, Bentley Sarah N, et al.
Title: The evolution of inverted magnetic fields through the inner heliosphereABSTRACT
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Local inversions are often observed in the heliospheric magnetic field (HMF), but their origins and evolution are not yet fully understood. Parker Solar Probe has recently observed rapid, Alfvénic, HMF inversions in the inner heliosphere, known as ’switchbacks’, which have been interpreted as the possible remnants of coronal jets. It has also been suggested that inverted HMF may be produced by near-Sun interchange reconnection; a key process in mechanisms proposed for slow solar wind release. These cases suggest that the source of inverted HMF is near the Sun, and it follows that these inversions would gradually decay and straighten as they propagate out through the heliosphere. Alternatively, HMF inversions could form during solar wind transit, through phenomena such velocity shea. . .
Date: 04-2020 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Pages: 3642 - 3655 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa951 Available at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/494/3/3642/5819029
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Authors: Perrone D., D’Amicis R., De Marco R., Matteini L., Stansby D., et al.
Title: Highly Alfvénic slow solar wind at 0.3 au during a solar minimum: Helios insights for Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter
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Alfvénic fluctuations in solar wind are an intrinsic property of fast streams, while slow intervals typically have a very low degree of Alfvénicity, with much more variable parameters. However, sometimes a slow wind can be highly Alfvénic. Here we compare three different regimes of solar wind, in terms of Alfvénic content and spectral properties, during a minimum phase of the solar activity and at 0.3 au. We show that fast and Alfvénic slow intervals share some common characteristics. This would suggest a similar solar origin, with the latter coming from over-expanded magnetic field lines, in agreement with observations at 1 au and at the maximum of the solar cycle. Due to the Alfvénic nature of the fluctuations in both fast and Alfvénic slow winds, we observe a well-defined corr. . .
Date: 01/2020 Publisher: Astronomy & Astrophysics Pages: A166 DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201937064 Available at: https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064/pdf
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2019
Authors: Verscharen Daniel, Chandran Benjamin D. G., Jeong Seong-Yeop, Salem Chadi S., Pulupa Marc P., et al.
Title: Self-induced Scattering of Strahl Electrons in the Solar Wind
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We investigate the scattering of strahl electrons by microinstabilities as a mechanism for creating the electron halo in the solar wind. We develop a mathematical framework for the description of electron-driven microinstabilities and discuss the associated physical mechanisms. We find that an instability of the oblique fast-magnetosonic/whistler (FM/W) mode is the best candidate for a microinstability that scatters strahl electrons into the halo. We derive approximate analytic expressions for the FM/W instability threshold in two different β c regimes, where β c is the ratio of the core electrons’ thermal pressure to the magnetic pressure, and confirm the accuracy of these thresholds through comparison with numerical solutions to the hot-plasma dispersion rela. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 136 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30/
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2018
Authors: Graham G. A., Rae I. J., Owen C. J., and Walsh A. P.
Title: Investigating the Effect of IMF Path Length on Pitch-angle Scattering of Strahl within 1 au
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Strahl is the strongly field-aligned, beam-like population of electrons in the solar wind. Strahl width is observed to increase with distance from the Sun, and hence strahl electrons must be subject to in-transit scattering effects. Different energy relations have been both observed and modeled for both strahl width and the width increase with radial distance. Thus, there is much debate regarding what mechanism(s) scatter strahl. In this study, we use a novel method to investigate strahl evolution within 1 au by estimating the distance traveled by the strahl along the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). We do this by implementing methods developed in previous studies, which make use of the onset of solar energetic particles at ̃1 au. Thus, we are able to obtain average strahl broadeni. . .
Date: 03/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 40 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaaf1b Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/855/i=1/a=40?key=crossref.ef4d8c88b914db7976655ab16f8f792a
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2017
Authors: Kasper J. C., Klein K. G., Weber T., Maksimovic M., Zaslavsky A., et al.
Title: A Zone of Preferential Ion Heating Extends Tens of Solar Radii from the Sun
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The extreme temperatures and nonthermal nature of the solar corona and solar wind arise from an unidentified physical mechanism that preferentially heats certain ion species relative to others. Spectroscopic indicators of unequal temperatures commence within a fraction of a solar radius above the surface of the Sun, but the outer reach of this mechanism has yet to be determined. Here we present an empirical procedure for combining interplanetary solar wind measurements and a modeled energy equation including Coulomb relaxation to solve for the typical outer boundary of this zone of preferential heating. Applied to two decades of observations by the Wind spacecraft, our results are consistent with preferential heating being active in a zone extending from the transition region in the low. . .
Date: 11/2017 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 126 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa84b1 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/849/i=2/a=126?key=crossref.a4fda357a12d19fd2ad1aa8a3897c78f
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2016
Authors: Klein Kristopher G., and Chandran Benjamin D. G.
Title: EVOLUTION OF THE PROTON VELOCITY DISTRIBUTION DUE TO STOCHASTIC HEATING IN THE NEAR-SUN SOLAR WIND
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We investigate how the proton distribution function evolves when the protons undergo stochastic heating by strong, low-frequency, Alfvén-wave turbulence under the assumption that β is small. We apply our analysis to protons undergoing stochastic heating in the supersonic fast solar wind and obtain proton distributions at heliocentric distances ranging from 4 to 30 solar radii. We find that the proton distribution develops non-Gaussian structure with a flat core and steep tail. For r\gt 5 R{S, the proton distribution is well approximated by a modified Moyal distribution. Comparisons with future measurements from Solar Probe Plus could be used to test whether stochastic heating is occurring in the solar-wind acceleration region.


Date: 03/2016 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 47 DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/820/1/47 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47?key=crossref.3bba6a0e184137847bf77cde72a2fe1fhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47/pdfhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47?key=crossref.3bba6a0e184137847bf77cde72a2fe1f
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Authors: Klein K. G., and Howes G. G.
Title: MEASURING COLLISIONLESS DAMPING IN HELIOSPHERIC PLASMAS USING FIELD–PARTICLE CORRELATIONS
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An innovative field-particle correlation technique is proposed that uses single-point measurements of the electromagnetic fields and particle velocity distribution functions to investigate the net transfer of energy from fields to particles associated with the collisionless damping of turbulent fluctuations in weakly collisional plasmas, such as the solar wind. In addition to providing a direct estimate of the local rate of energy transfer between fields and particles, it provides vital new information about the distribution of that energy transfer in velocity space. This velocity-space signature can potentially be used to identify the dominant collisionless mechanism responsible for the damping of turbulent fluctuations in the solar wind. The application of this novel field-particle co. . .
Date: 08/2016 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L30 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8205/826/2/L30 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30?key=crossref.1f33350dac6f20e78faa0a9e9d852985http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30/pdfhttp://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30?key=crossref.1f33350dac6f20e78faa0a9e9d852985
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Authors: Chhiber R, Usmanov AV, Matthaeus WH, and Goldstein ML
Title: SOLAR WIND COLLISIONAL AGE FROM A GLOBAL MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS SIMULATION
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Simple estimates of the number of Coulomb collisions experienced by the interplanetary plasma to the point of observation, I.e., the “collisional age”, can be usefully employed in the study of non-thermal features of the solar wind. Usually these estimates are based on local plasma properties at the point of observation. Here we improve the method of estimation of the collisional age by employing solutions obtained from global three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulations. This enables evaluation of the complete analytical expression for the collisional age without using approximations. The improved estimation of the collisional timescale is compared with turbulence and expansion timescales to assess the relative importance of collisions. The collisional age computed using the . . .
Date: 04/2016 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 34 DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/821/1/34 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/821/i=1/a=34?key=crossref.788f196bae255efe123dabca17bb586dhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/821/i=1/a=34/pdfhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/821/i=1/a=34?key=crossref.788f196bae255efe123dabca17bb586d
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2015
Authors: Comişel H. ̧, Motschmann U., üchner J., Narita Y., and Nariyuki Y.
Title: ION-SCALE TURBULENCE IN THE INNER HELIOSPHERE: RADIAL DEPENDENCE
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The evolution of the ion-scale plasma turbulence in the inner heliosphere is studied by associating the plasma parameters for hybrid-code turbulence simulations to the radial distance from the Sun via a Solar wind model based mapping procedure. Using a mapping based on a one-dimensional solar wind expansion model, the resulting ion-kinetic scale turbulence is related to the solar wind distance from the Sun. For this purpose the mapping is carried out for various values of ion beta that correspond to the heliocentric distance. It is shown that the relevant normal modes such as ion cyclotron and ion Bernstein modes will occur first at radial distances of about 0.2-0.3 AU, i.e., near the Mercury orbit. This finding can be used as a reference, a prediction to guide the in situ measurements . . .
Date: 10/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 175 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/812/2/175 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/812/i=2/a=175?key=crossref.a9d511ae127248e735f11254de6e3bb9
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Authors: Isenberg Philip A., and Vasquez Bernard J.
Title: KINETIC EVOLUTION OF CORONAL HOLE PROTONS BY IMBALANCED ION-CYCLOTRON WAVES: IMPLICATIONS FOR MEASUREMENTS BY SOLAR PROBE PLUS
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We extend the kinetic guiding-center model of collisionless coronal hole protons presented in Isenberg & Vasquez to consider driving by imbalanced spectra of obliquely propagating ion-cyclotron waves. These waves are assumed to be a small by-product of the imbalanced turbulent cascade to high perpendicular wavenumber, and their total intensity is taken to be 1% of the total fluctuation energy. We also extend the kinetic solutions for the proton distribution function in the resulting fast solar wind to heliocentric distances of 20 solar radii, which will be attainable by the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft. We consider three ratios of outward-propagating to inward-propagating resonant intensities: 1, 4, and 9. The self-consistent bulk flow speed reaches fast solar wind values in all case. . .
Date: 08/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 119 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/119 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/808/i=2/a=119?key=crossref.961efccaa84816c8b4c9e041f523e07f
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Authors: Klein Kristopher G., Perez Jean C., Verscharen Daniel, Mallet Alfred, and Chandran Benjamin D. G.
Title: A MODIFIED VERSION OF TAYLOR’S HYPOTHESIS FOR SOLAR PROBE PLUS OBSERVATIONS
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The Solar Probe Plus (SPP) spacecraft will explore the near-Sun environment, reaching heliocentric distances less than 10 {R. Near Earth, spacecraft measurements of fluctuating velocities and magnetic fields taken in the time domain are translated into information about the spatial structure of the solar wind via Taylor’s “frozen turbulence” hypothesis. Near the perihelion of SPP, however, the solar-wind speed is comparable to the Alfvén speed, and Taylor’s hypothesis in its usual form does not apply. In this paper, we show that under certain assumptions, a modified version of Taylor’s hypothesis can be recovered in the near-Sun region. We consider only the transverse, non-compressive component of the fluctuations at length scales exceeding the proton gyroradiu. . .
Date: 03/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L18 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/801/1/L18 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/801/i=1/a=L18?key=crossref.c92a2bde23ce9cdd58185dec581d5a09
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2014
Authors: Klein K. G., Howes G. G., and TenBarge J. M.
Title: THE VIOLATION OF THE TAYLOR HYPOTHESIS IN MEASUREMENTS OF SOLAR WIND TURBULENCE
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Motivated by the upcoming Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions, qualitative and quantitative predictions are made for the effects of the violation of the Taylor hypothesis on the magnetic energy frequency spectrum measured in the near-Sun environment. The synthetic spacecraft data method is used to predict observational signatures of the violation for critically balanced Alfvénic turbulence or parallel fast/whistler turbulence. The violation of the Taylor hypothesis can occur in the slow flow regime, leading to a shift of the entire spectrum to higher frequencies, or in the dispersive regime, in which the dissipation range spectrum flattens at high frequencies. It is found that Alfvénic turbulence will not significantly violate the Taylor hypothesis, but whistler turbulence wil. . .
Date: 08/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L20 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/790/2/L20 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/790/i=2/a=L20?key=crossref.9873bcfbec22617b78b4a7d0cb1dbb95
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