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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

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:
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Authors: Mondal Surajit, Oberoi Divya, and Mohan Atul
Title: First Radio Evidence for Impulsive Heating Contribution to the Quiet Solar Corona

This Letter explores the relevance of nanoflare-based models for heating the quiet Sun corona. Using meterwave data from the Murchison Widefield Array, we present the first successful detection of impulsive emissions down to flux densities of ∼mSFU, about two orders of magnitude weaker than earlier attempts. These impulsive emissions have durations ≲1 s and are present throughout the quiet solar corona. The fractional time occupancy of these impulsive emissions at a given region is ≲10%. The histograms of these impulsive emissions follow a power-law distribution and show signs of clustering at small timescales. Our estimate of the energy that must be dumped in the corona to generate these impulsive emissions is consistent with the coronal heating requirements. Additionally, the st. . .
Date: 06/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L39 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab8817 Available at:
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Authors: Telloni Daniele, Giordano Silvio, and Antonucci Ester
Title: On the Fast Solar Wind Heating and Acceleration Processes: A Statistical Study Based on the UVCS Survey Data

The UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS) on board the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory has almost continuously observed, throughout the whole solar cycle 23, the UV solar corona. This work addresses the first-ever statistical analysis of the daily UVCS observations, performed in the O VI channel, of the northern polar coronal hole, between 1.5 and 3 R , during the period of low solar activity from 1996 April to 1997 December. The study is based on the investigation, at different heights, of the correlation between the variance of the O VI 1031.92 Å spectral line and the O VI 1031.92, 1037.61 Å doublet intensity ratio, which are proxies of the kinetic temperature of the O5+ ions and of the speed of the oxygen component of the fast solar wind, respectiv. . .
Date: 08/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L36 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab3731 Available at:
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Authors: Wu Honghong, Verscharen Daniel, Wicks Robert T., Chen Christopher H. K., He Jiansen, et al.
Title: The Fluid-like and Kinetic Behavior of Kinetic Alfvén Turbulence in Space Plasma

Kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) are the short-wavelength extension of the magnetohydrodynamics Alfvén-wave branch in the case of highly oblique propagation with respect to the background magnetic field. Observations of space plasma show that small-scale turbulence is mainly KAW-like. We apply two theoretical approaches, a collisional two-fluid theory and a collisionless linear kinetic theory, to obtain predictions for the KAW polarizations depending on β p (the ratio of the proton thermal pressure to the magnetic pressure) at the ion gyroscale in terms of fluctuations in density, bulk velocity, and pressure. We perform a wavelet analysis of Magnetospheric Multiscale magnetosheath measurements and compare the observations with both the. . .
Date: 01/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 106 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaef77 Available at:
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Authors: Pacheco D., Agueda N., Aran A., Heber B., and Lario D.
Title: Full inversion of solar relativistic electron events measured by the Helios spacecraft

Context. The Parker Solar Probe and the incoming Solar Orbiter mission will provide measurements of solar energetic particle (SEP) events at close heliocentric distances from the Sun. Up to present, the largest data set of SEP events in the inner heliosphere are the observations by the two Helios spacecraft.

Aims. We re-visit a sample of 15 solar relativistic electron events measured by the Helios mission with the goal of better characterising the injection histories of solar energetic particles and their interplanetary transport conditions at heliocentric distances <1 AU.

Methods. The measurements provided by the E6 instrument on board Helios provide us with the electron directional distributions in eight different sectors that we use t. . .
Date: 01/2019 Publisher: Astronomy & Astrophysics Pages: A3 DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834520 Available at:
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Authors: Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, and Vasylenko A.A.
Title: Future space missions: the inner region of the Solar system

The paper deals with an overview of space missions to explore the inner region of the Solar System, the nearest on time of their launch, namely, Probe Plus, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, EXOMars, and InSight. Each of them will study either the Sun or the planet of the Earth group. Their launches are planned for 2018-2020. We describe briefly predestination and technical equipment of spacecrafts, flight plan and scientific goal of these missions.

Date: 10/2017 Publisher: Kosmìčna nauka ì tehnologìâ Pages: 73 - 80 DOI: 10.15407/knit10.15407/knit2017.0310.15407/knit2017.03.073 Available at:
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Authors: Bale S. D., Goetz K., Harvey P. R., Turin P., Bonnell J. W., et al.
Title: The FIELDS Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus

NASA's Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will make the first in situ measurements of the solar corona and the birthplace of the solar wind. The FIELDS instrument suite on SPP will make direct measurements of electric and magnetic fields, the properties of in situ plasma waves, electron density and temperature profiles, and interplanetary radio emissions, amongst other things. Here, we describe the scientific objectives targeted by the SPP/FIELDS instrument, the instrument design itself, and the instrument concept of operations and planned data products.

Date: 12/2016 Publisher: Space Science Reviews Pages: 49 - 82 DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5 Available at:
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