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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

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:
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Authors: el H. ̧, Motschmann U., üchner J., Narita Y., and Nariyuki Y.

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:
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Authors: DeForest C. E., Howard T. A., and McComas D. J.

The tenuous supersonic solar wind that streams from the top of the corona passes through a natural boundary—the Alfvén surface—that marks the causal disconnection of individual packets of plasma and magnetic flux from the Sun itself. The Alfvén surface is the locus where the radial motion of the accelerating solar wind passes the radial Alfvén speed, and therefore any displacement of material cannot carry information back down into the corona. It is thus the natural outer boundary of the solar corona and the inner boundary of interplanetary space. Using a new and unique motion analysis to separate inbound and outbound motions in synoptic visible-light image sequences from the COR2 coronagraph on board the STEREO-A spacecraft, we have identified inbound wave motion in the outer co. . .
Date: 06/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 124 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/787/2/124 Available at:
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Authors: McComas D. J., Alexander N., Angold N., Bale S., Beebe C., et al.
Title: Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS): Design of the Energetic Particle Investigation

The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) is a complete science investigation on the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission, which flies to within nine solar radii of the Sun’s surface. ISIS comprises a two-instrument suite to measure energetic particles over a very broad energy range, as well as coordinated management, science operations, data processing, and scientific analysis. Together, ISIS observations allow us to explore the mechanisms of energetic particles dynamics, including their: (1) Origins—defining the seed populations and physical conditions necessary for energetic particle acceleration; (2) Acceleration—determining the roles of shocks, reconnection, waves, and turbulence in accelerating energetic particles; and (3) Transport—revealing how ener. . .
Date: 07/2014 Publisher: Space Science Reviews DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0059-1 Available at:
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