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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

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:
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Authors: Hanneson Cedar, Johnson Catherine L., Mittelholz Anna, Asad Manar M. Al, and Goldblatt Colin
Title: Dependence of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field on Heliocentric Distance at 0.3–1.7 AU: A Six‐Spacecraft Study

We use magnetometer data taken simultaneously by MESSENGER, VEX, STEREO and ACE to characterize the variation of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) with heliocentric distance, rh, for rh≲ 1 AU. Power law fits (a rh b) to the individual IMF components and magnitude indicate that, on average, the IMF is more tightly wound and its strength decreases less rapidly with rh than the Parker spiral prediction. During Solar Cycle 24, temporal changes in b were insignificant, but changes in amplitude, a, were correlated with sunspot number, up to sunspot number ∼84. MAVEN data taken at 1.4-1.7 AU since late 2014 broadly confirm and extend these results in space and time. Our study demonstrates the importance of simultaneous observations from multiple spacecraft to separate heliocentric di. . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2019JA027139 Available at:
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Authors: Poirier Nicolas, Kouloumvakos Athanasios, Rouillard Alexis P., Pinto Rui F., Vourlidas Angelos, et al.
Title: Detailed Imaging of Coronal Rays with the Parker Solar Probe

The Wide-field Imager for Solar PRobe (WISPR) obtained the first high-resolution images of coronal rays at heights below 15 R when the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) was located inside 0.25 au during the first encounter. We exploit these remarkable images to reveal the structure of coronal rays at scales that are not easily discernible in images taken from near 1 au. To analyze and interpret WISPR observations, which evolve rapidly both radially and longitudinally, we construct a latitude versus time map using the full WISPR data set from the first encounter. From the exploitation of this map and also from sequential WISPR images. we show the presence of multiple substructures inside streamers and pseudostreamers. WISPR unveils the fine-scale structure of the densest part of str. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 60 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6324 Available at:
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Authors: Adhikari L., Zank G. P., and Zhao L.-L.
Title: Does Turbulence Turn off at the Alfvén Critical Surface?

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:
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Authors: Mann Ingrid, Nouzák Libor, Vaverka Jakub, Antonsen Tarjei, Fredriksen Åshild, et al.
Title: Dust observations with antenna measurements and its prospects for observations with Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter

The electric and magnetic field instrument suite FIELDS on board the NASA Parker Solar Probe and the radio and plasma waves instrument RPW on the ESA Solar Orbiter mission that explore the inner heliosphere are sensitive to signals generated by dust impacts. Dust impacts have been observed using electric field antennas on spacecraft since the 1980s and the method was recently used with a number of space missions to derive dust fluxes. Here, we consider the details of dust impacts, subsequent development of the impact generated plasma and how it produces the measured signals. We describe empirical approaches to characterise the signals and compare these in a qualitative discussion of laboratory simulations to predict signal shapes for spacecraft measurements in the inner solar system. Wh. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Annales Geophysicae Pages: 1121 - 1140 DOI: 10.5194/angeo-37-1121-2019 Available at:
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Authors: Witze Alexandra
Title: Death-defying NASA mission will make humanity’s closest approach to the Sun

The Parker Solar Probe will dive into the sizzling solar corona to explore its mysteries.

Date: 07/2018 Publisher: Nature Pages: 452 - 453 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-05741-6 Available at:
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Authors: Stansby D, Horbury T S, and Matteini L
Title: Diagnosing solar wind origins using in situ measurements in the inner heliosphere

Robustly identifying the solar sources of individual packets of solar wind measured in interplanetary space remains an open problem. We set out to see if this problem is easier to tackle using solar wind measurements closer to the Sun than 1 au, where the mixing and dynamical interaction of different solar wind streams is reduced. Using measurements from the Helios mission, we examined how the proton core temperature anisotropy and cross-helicity varied with distance. At 0.3 au there are two clearly separated anisotropic and isotropic populations of solar wind that are not distinguishable at 1 au. The anisotropic population is always Alfvénic and spans a wide range of speeds. In contrast the isotropic population has slow speeds, and contains a mix of Alfvénic wind with constant mass f. . .
Date: 01/2019 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Pages: 1706 - 1714 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2814 Available at:
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Authors: Howes Gregory G., Klein Kristopher G., and Li Tak Chu
Title: Diagnosing collisionless energy transfer using field–particle correlations: Vlasov–Poisson plasmas

Turbulence plays a key role in the conversion of the energy of large-scale fields and flows to plasma heat, impacting the macroscopic evolution of the heliosphere and other astrophysical plasma systems. Although we have long been able to make direct spacecraft measurements of all aspects of the electromagnetic field and plasma fluctuations in near-Earth space, our understanding of the physical mechanisms responsible for the damping of the turbulent fluctuations in heliospheric plasmas remains incomplete. Here we propose an innovative field-particle correlation technique that can be used to measure directly the secular energy transfer from fields to particles associated with collisionless damping of the turbulent fluctuations. Furthermore, this novel procedure yields information about th. . .
Date: 02/2017 Publisher: Journal of Plasma Physics DOI: 10.1017/S0022377816001197 Available at:
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Authors: Malaspina David M., Ergun Robert E., Bolton Mary, Kien Mark, Summers David, et al.
Title: The Digital Fields Board for the FIELDS instrument suite on the Solar Probe Plus mission: Analog and digital signal processing

The first in situ measurements of electric and magnetic fields in the near-Sun environment (< 0.25 AU from the Sun) will be made by the FIELDS instrument suite on the Solar Probe Plus mission. The Digital Fields Board (DFB) is an electronics board within FIELDS that performs analog and digital signal processing, as well as digitization, for signals between DC and 60 kHz from five voltage sensors and four search coil magnetometer channels. These nine input signals are processed on the DFB into 26 analog data streams. A specialized application-specific integrated circuit performs analog to digital conversion on all 26 analog channels simultaneously. The DFB then processes the digital data using a field programmable gate array (FPGA), generating a variety of data products, including dig. . .
Date: 06/2016 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics Pages: 5088 - 5096 DOI: 10.1002/2016JA022344 Available at:
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Authors: Li T. C., Drake J. F., and Swisdak M.

Observations of flare-heated electrons in the corona typically suggest confinement of electrons. The confinement mechanism, however, remains unclear. The transport of coronal hot electrons into ambient plasma was recently investigated by particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. Electron transport was significantly suppressed by the formation of a highly localized, nonlinear electrostatic potential in the form of a double layer (DL). In this work large-scale PIC simulations are performed to explore the dynamics of DLs in larger systems where, instead of a single DL, multiple DLs are generated. The primary DL accelerates return current electrons, resulting in high velocity electron beams that interact with ambient ions. This forms a Buneman unstable system that spawns more DLs. Trapping of hea. . .
Date: 09/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 7 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/793/1/7 Available at:
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