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2019
Authors: Chhiber Rohit, Usmanov Arcadi V., Matthaeus William H., and Goldstein Melvyn L.
Title: Contextual Predictions for the Parker Solar Probe . I. Critical Surfaces and Regions
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The solar corona and young solar wind may be characterized by critical surfaces—the sonic, Alfvén, and first plasma-β unity surfaces—that demarcate regions where the solar wind flow undergoes certain crucial transformations. Global numerical simulations and remote sensing observations offer a natural mode for the study of these surfaces at large scales, thus providing valuable context for the high-resolution in situ measurements expected from the recently launched Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The present study utilizes global three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the solar wind to characterize the critical surfaces and investigate the flow in propinquitous regions. Effects of solar activity are incorporated by varying source magnetic dipole tilts and employing ma. . .
Date: 03/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 11 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab0652 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0067-0049/241/i=1/a=11?key=crossref.5e73dbbb501083f4d606cdf21e74f766http://stacks.iop.org/0067-0049/241/i=1/a=11/
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Authors: Adhikari L., Zank G. P., and Zhao L.-L.
Title: Does Turbulence Turn off at the Alfvén Critical Surface?
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) will eventually reach and cross the Alfvén point or surface as it provides us with direct in situ measurements of the solar atmosphere. The Alfvén surface is the location at which the large-scale bulk solar wind speed ${\boldsymbol{U}}$ and the Alfvén speed ${\boldsymbol{V}}$ A are equal, and thus it separates sub-Aflvénic coronal flow $| {\boldsymbol{U}}| \ll | {{\boldsymbol{V}}}_{{\rm{A}}}| $ from super-Alfv. . .
Date: Jan-05-2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 26 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab141c Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab141c
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2018
Authors: Amicis Raffaella ’, Matteini Lorenzo, and Bruno Roberto
Title: On slow solar wind with high Alfvénicity: from composition and microphysics to spectral properties
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Alfvénic fluctuations are very common features in the solar wind and are found especially within the main portion of fast-wind streams while the slow wind usually is less Alfvénic and more variable. In general, the fast and slow winds show many differences, which span from the large-scale structure to small-scale phenomena, including also a different turbulent behaviour. Recent studies, however, have shown that even the slow wind can sometimes be highly Alfvénic, with fluctuations as large as those of the fast wind. This study is devoted to presenting many facets of this Alfvénic slow solar wind, including for example the study of the source regions and their connection to coronal structures, large-scale properties, and microscale phenomena and also impact on the spectral features. . . .
Date: 3/2019 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3329 Available at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/advance-article/doi/10.1093/mnras/sty3329/5245187http://academic.oup.com/mnras/advance-article-pdf/doi/10.1093/mnras/sty3329/27125375/sty3329.pdf
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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: el 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 gyrora. . .
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: Howes G. G., Klein K. G., and TenBarge J. M.
Title: VALIDITY OF THE TAYLOR HYPOTHESIS FOR LINEAR KINETIC WAVES IN THE WEAKLY COLLISIONAL SOLAR WIND
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The interpretation of single-point spacecraft measurements of solar wind turbulence is complicated by the fact that the measurements are made in a frame of reference in relative motion with respect to the turbulent plasma. The Taylor hypothesis—that temporal fluctuations measured by a stationary probe in a rapidly flowing fluid are dominated by the advection of spatial structures in the fluid rest frame—is often assumed to simplify the analysis. But measurements of turbulence in upcoming missions, such as Solar Probe Plus, threaten to violate the Taylor hypothesis, either due to slow flow of the plasma with respect to the spacecraft or to the dispersive nature of the plasma fluctuations at small scales. Assuming that the frequency of the turbulent fluctuations is characterized by th. . .
Date: 07/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 106 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/789/2/106 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/789/i=2/a=106?key=crossref.25a7683ba86c87973ee983db364c5e6f
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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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