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Authors: Badman Samuel T., Bale Stuart D., Oliveros Juan C. Martín, Panasenco Olga, Velli Marco, et al.
Title: Magnetic Connectivity of the Ecliptic Plane within 0.5 au: Potential Field Source Surface Modeling of the First Parker Solar Probe Encounter

We compare magnetic field measurements taken by the FIELDS instrument on board Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during its first solar encounter to predictions obtained by potential field source surface (PFSS) modeling. Ballistic propagation is used to connect the spacecraft to the source surface. Despite the simplicity of the model, our results show striking agreement with PSP’s first observations of the heliospheric magnetic field from ̃0.5 au (107.5 R) down to 0.16 au (35.7 R). Further, we show the robustness of the agreement is improved both by allowing the photospheric input to the model to vary in time, and by advecting the field from PSP down to the PFSS model domain using in situ PSP/Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons measurements of the solar wind sp. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 23 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4da7 Available at:
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Authors: Farrell W. M., MacDowall R. J., Gruesbeck J. R., Bale S. D., and Kasper J. C.
Title: Magnetic Field Dropouts at Near-Sun Switchback Boundaries: A Superposed Epoch Analysis

During Parker Solar Probe's first close encounter with the Sun in early 2018 November, a large number of impulsive rotations in the magnetic field were detected within 50 Rs; these also occurred in association with short-lived impulsive solar wind bursts in speed. These impulsive features are now called "switchback" events. We examined a set of these switchbacks where the boundary transition into and out of the switchback was abrupt, with fast B rotations and simultaneous solar wind speed changes occurring on timescales of less than ∼10 s; these thus appear as step function-like changes in the radial component of B and V. Our objective was to search for any diamagnetic effects that might occur especially if the boundaries are associated with quick changes in density (i.e., . . .
Date: 08/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 28 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab9eba Available at:
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Authors: Tenerani Anna, Velli Marco, Matteini Lorenzo, Réville Victor, Shi Chen, et al.
Title: Magnetic Field Kinks and Folds in the Solar Wind

Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observations during its first encounter at 35.7 R have shown the presence of magnetic field lines that are strongly perturbed to the point that they produce local inversions of the radial magnetic field, known as switchbacks. Their counterparts in the solar wind velocity field are local enhancements in the radial speed, or jets, displaying (in all components) the velocity-magnetic field correlation typical of large amplitude Alfvén waves propagating away from the Sun. Switchbacks and radial jets have previously been observed over a wide range of heliocentric distances by Helios, Wind, and Ulysses, although they were prevalent in significantly faster streams than seen at PSP. Here we study via numerical magnetohydrodynamics simulations the evolutio. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 32 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab53e1 Available at:
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Authors: Parashar T. N., Goldstein M. L., Maruca B. A., Matthaeus W. H., Ruffolo D., et al.
Title: Measures of Scale-dependent Alfvénicity in the First PSP Solar Encounter

The solar wind shows periods of highly Alfvénic activity, where velocity fluctuations and magnetic fluctuations are aligned or antialigned with each other. It is generally agreed that solar wind plasma velocity and magnetic field fluctuations observed by the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) during the first encounter are mostly highly Alfvénic. However, quantitative measures of Alfvénicity are needed to understand how the characterization of these fluctuations compares with standard measures from prior missions in the inner and outer heliosphere, in fast wind and slow wind, and at high and low latitudes. To investigate this issue, we employ several measures to quantify the extent of Alfvénicity—the Alfvén ratio rA, the normalized cross helicity σc, the normalized r. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 58 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab64e6 Available at:
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Authors: Bowen T. A., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., de Wit Dudok, Goetz K., et al.
Title: A Merged Search-Coil and Fluxgate Magnetometer Data Product for Parker Solar Probe FIELDS

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission is currently investigating the local plasma environment of the inner heliosphere (<0.25 R) using both in situ and remote sensing instrumentation. Connecting signatures of microphysical particle heating and acceleration processes to macroscale heliospheric structure requires sensitive measurements of electromagnetic fields over a large range of physical scales. The FIELDS instrument, which provides PSP with in situ measurements of electromagnetic fields of the inner heliosphere and corona, includes a set of three vector magnetometers: two fluxgate magnetometers (MAGs) and a single inductively coupled search-coil magnetometer (SCM). Together, the three FIELDS magnetometers enable measurements of the local magnetic field with a ban. . .
Date: 05/2020 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2020JA027813 Available at:
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Authors: Zhao Lulu, Zhang Ming, and Lario David
Title: Modeling the Transport Processes of a Pair of Solar Energetic Particle Events Observed by Parker Solar Probe Near Perihelion

We present model calculations of the transport processes of solar energetic particles in the corona and interplanetary medium for two events detected by Parker Solar Probe near its second perihelion on 2019 April 2 and April 4. In the 2019 April 2 event, the <100 keV proton differential intensity measured by the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun Low-Energy Energetic Particle instrument increased by more than a factor of 10 above the pre-event intensity, whereas the \~1 MeV proton differential intensity detected by the High-Energy Energetic Particle Instrument did not show any intensity enhancement. In the 2019 April 4 event, the \~1 MeV proton intensity showed an increase of more than a factor of 100 above the pre-event intensity, but the <100 keV proton intensity enhanc. . .
Date: 07/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 16 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab97b3 Available at:
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Authors: Wood Brian E., Hess Phillip, Howard Russell A., Stenborg Guillermo, and Wang Yi-Ming
Title: Morphological Reconstruction of a Small Transient Observed by Parker Solar Probe on 2018 November 5

On 2018 November 5, about 24 hr before the first close perihelion passage of Parker Solar Probe (PSP), a coronal mass ejection (CME) entered the field of view of the inner detector of the Wide-field Imager for Solar PRobe (WISPR) instrument on board PSP, with the northward component of its trajectory carrying the leading edge of the CME off the top edge of the detector about four hours after its first appearance. We connect this event to a very small jetlike transient observed from 1 au by coronagraphs on both the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and the A component of the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory mission (STEREO-A). This allows us to make the first three-dimensional reconstruction of a CME structure considering both observations made very close to the Sun and im. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 28 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5219 Available at:
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Authors: Chang Qing, Xu Xiaojun, Xu Qi, Zhong Jun, Xu Jiaying, et al.
Title: Multiple-point Modeling the Parker Spiral Configuration of the Solar Wind Magnetic Field at the Solar Maximum of Solar Cycle 24

By assuming that the solar wind flow is spherically symmetric and that the flow speed becomes constant beyond some critical distance r = R 0 (neglecting solar gravitation and acceleration by high coronal temperature), the large-scale solar wind magnetic field lines are distorted into a Parker spiral configuration, which is usually simplified to an Archimedes spiral. Using magnetic field observations near Mercury, Venus, and Earth during solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24, we statistically surveyed the Parker spiral angles and obtained the empirical equations of the Archimedes and Parker spirals by fitting the multiple-point results. We found that the solar wind magnetic field configurations are slightly different during different years. Archimedes and Parker spiral configuration. . .
Date: 10/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 102 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab412a Available at:
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Authors: Bourdin Philippe, Singh Nishant K., and Brandenburg Axel
Title: Magnetic Helicity Reversal in the Corona at Small Plasma Beta

Solar and stellar dynamos shed small-scale and large-scale magnetic helicity of opposite signs. However, solar wind observations and simulations have shown that some distance above the dynamo both the small-scale and large-scale magnetic helicities have reversed signs. With realistic simulations of the solar corona above an active region now being available, we have access to the magnetic field and current density along coronal loops. We show that a sign reversal in the horizontal averages of the magnetic helicity occurs when the local maximum of the plasma beta drops below unity and the field becomes nearly fully force free. Hence, this reversal is expected to occur well within the solar corona and would not directly be accessible to in situ measurements with the Parker Solar Probe or . . .
Date: 12/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 2 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae97a Available at:
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Authors: Hu Junxiang, Li Gang, Fu Shuai, Zank Gary, and Ao Xianzhi
Title: Modeling a Single SEP Event from Multiple Vantage Points Using the iPATH Model

Using the recently extended 2D improved Particle Acceleration and Transport in the Heliosphere (iPATH) model, we model an example gradual solar energetic particle event as observed at multiple locations. Protons and ions that are energized via the diffusive shock acceleration mechanism are followed at a 2D coronal mass ejection-driven shock where the shock geometry varies across the shock front. The subsequent transport of energetic particles, including cross-field diffusion, is modeled by a Monte Carlo code that is based on a stochastic differential equation method. Time intensity profiles and particle spectra at multiple locations and different radial distances, separated in longitudes, are presented. The results shown here are relevant to the upcoming Parker Solar Probe mission.

Date: 02/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L19 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaabc1 Available at:
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Authors: Hill M. E., Mitchell D. G., Andrews G. B., Cooper S. A., Gurnee R. S., et al.
Title: The Mushroom: A half-sky energetic ion and electron detector

We present a time-of-flight mass spectrometer design for the measurement of ions in the 30 keV to 10 MeV range for protons (up to 40 MeV and 150 MeV for He and heavy ions, respectively) and 30 keV to 1 MeV range for electrons, covering half of the sky with 80 apertures. The instrument, known as the "Mushroom," owing to its shape, solves the field of view problem for magnetospheric and heliospheric missions that employ three-axis stabilized spacecraft, yet still require extended angular coverage; the Mushroom is also compatible with a spinning spacecraft. The most important new feature of the Mushroom is the method through which uncomplicated electrostatic optics and clean position sensing combine to permit many apertures to fit into a compact, low-mass sensor head (or wedge), several of. . .
Date: 02/2017 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1002/2016JA022614 Available at:
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Authors: Klein K. G., and Howes G. G.

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:
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Authors: Klein Kristopher G., Perez Jean C., Verscharen Daniel, Mallet Alfred, and Chandran Benjamin D. G.

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:
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Authors: Rasca A. P., Oran R., and ányi M.
Title: Mass loading of the solar wind by a sungrazing comet

Collisionless mass loading was suggested by Biermann et al. (1967) for describing interactions between the solar wind and cometary atmospheres. Recent observations have led to an increased interest in coronal mass loading due to sungrazing comets and collisional debris of sunward migrating interplanetary dust particles. In a previous paper, we presented a 3-D MHD model of the solar corona based on the Block-Adaptive-Tree-Solarwind-Roe-Upwind-Scheme code which includes the interaction of dust with the solar wind. We have shown the impact on the solar wind from abrupt mass loading in the coronal region. We apply the model to a sungrazing cometary source, using ejected dust dynamics to generate tail-shaped mass-loading regions. Results help predict the effects on the solar wind acceleratio. . .
Date: 08/2014 Publisher: Geophysical Research Letters Pages: 5376 - 5381 DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060990 Available at:
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