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Authors: Réville Victor, Velli Marco, Rouillard Alexis P., Lavraud Benoit, Tenerani Anna, et al.
Title: Tearing Instability and Periodic Density Perturbations in the Slow Solar Wind

In contrast with the fast solar wind, which originates in coronal holes, the source of the slow solar wind is still debated. Often intermittent and enriched with low first ionization potential elements—akin to what is observed in closed coronal loops—the slow wind could form in bursty events nearby helmet streamers. Slow winds also exhibit density perturbations that have been shown to be periodic and could be associated with flux ropes ejected from the tip of helmet streamers, as shown recently by the WISPR white-light imager on board Parker Solar Probe (PSP). In this work, we propose that the main mechanism controlling the release of flux ropes is a flow-modified tearing mode at the heliospheric current sheet (HCS). We use magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the solar wind and coron. . .
Date: 05/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L20 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab911d Available at:
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Authors: Mozer F. S., Agapitov O. V., Bale S. D., Bonnell J. W., Goetz K., et al.
Title: Time Domain Structures and Dust in the Solar Vicinity: Parker Solar Probe Observations

On 2019 April 5, while the Parker Solar Probe was at its 35 solar radius perihelion, the data set collected at 293 samples/s contained more than 10,000 examples of spiky electric-field-like structures with durations less than 200 milliseconds and amplitudes greater than 10 mV m-1. The vast majority of these events were caused by plasma turbulence. Defining dust events as those with similar, narrowly peaked, positive, and single-ended signatures resulted in finding 135 clear dust events, which, after correcting for the low detection efficiently, resulted in an estimate consistent with the 1000 dust events expected from other techniques. Defining time domain structures (TDS) as those with opposite polarity signals in the opposite antennas resulted in finding 238 clear TDS event. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 50 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5e4b Available at:
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Authors: Adhikari L., Zank G. P., Zhao L.-L., Kasper J. C., Korreck K. E., et al.
Title: Turbulence Transport Modeling and First Orbit Parker Solar Probe ( PSP ) Observations

The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) achieved its first orbit perihelion on 2018 November 6, reaching a heliocentric distance of about 0.165 au (35.55 R). Here, we study the evolution of fully developed turbulence associated with the slow solar wind along the PSP trajectory between 35.55 R and 131.64 R in the outbound direction, comparing observations to a theoretical turbulence transport model. Several turbulent quantities, such as the fluctuating kinetic energy and the corresponding correlation length, the variance of density fluctuations, and the solar wind proton temperature are determined from the PSP Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) plasma data along its trajectory between 35.55 R and 131.64 R. The evolut. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 38 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5852 Available at:
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Authors: Pavan J., and Viñas A. F.
Title: Temperature Fluctuation at the Sun and Large-scale Electric Field in Solar Wind: A Challenge for the Parker Solar Probe Mission

Velocity distributions of particles are key elements in the study of solar wind. The physical mechanisms that regulate their many features are a matter of debate. The present work addresses the subject with a fully analytical method in order to establish the shape of particle velocity distributions in solar wind. The method consists of solving the steady-state kinetic equation for particles and the related fluid equations, with spatial profiles for density and temperature that match general observational data. The model is one-dimensional in configuration-space and two-dimensional in velocity-space, and accounts for large-scale processes, namely, advection, gravity, magnetic mirroring, and the large-scale ambipolar electric field. The findings reported add to the general understanding o. . .
Date: 09/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 28 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2fcd
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Authors: Perrone Denise, Stansby D, Horbury T S, and Matteini L
Title: Thermodynamics of pure fast solar wind: radial evolution of the temperature–speed relationship in the inner heliosphereABSTRACT

A strong correlation between speed and proton temperature has been observed, across many years, on hourly averaged measurements in the solar wind. Here, we show that this relationship is also observed at a smaller scale on intervals of a few days, within a single stream. Following the radial evolution of a well-defined stream of coronal-hole plasma, we show that the temperature-speed (T-V) relationship evolves with distance, implying that the T-V relationship at 1 au cannot be used as a proxy for that near the Sun. We suggest that this behaviour could be a combination of the anticorrelation between speed and flux-tube expansion factor near the Sun and the effect of a continuous heating experienced by the plasma during the expansion. We also show that the cooling index for the radial evo. . .
Date: 09/2019 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Pages: 2380 - 2386 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1877 Available at:
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Authors: Balat-Pichelin M., Eck J., and Sans J.L.
Title: Thermal radiative properties of carbon materials under high temperature and vacuum ultra-violet (VUV) radiation for the heat shield of the Solar Probe Plus mission

The Solar Probe Plus (SP+) mission will approach the Sun as close as 9.5 solar radii in order to understand the origin of the solar corona heating and the acceleration of the solar wind. Submitted to such extreme environmental conditions, a thermal protection system is considered to protect the payload of the SP+ spacecraft. Carbon-based materials are good candidate to fulfill this role and critical point remains the equilibrium temperature reached at perihelion by the heat shield. In this paper, experimental results obtained for the solar absorptivity α, the total hemispherical emissivity ɛ and its ratio α/ɛ, conditioning the equilibrium temperature of the thermal protection system, are presented for different kinds of carbon materials heated at . . .
Date: 01/2012 Publisher: Applied Surface Science Pages: 2829 - 2835 DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2011.10.142 Available at:
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