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2014
Authors: Lawrence David J., Feldman William C., Gold Robert E., Goldsten John O., and McNutt Ralph L.
Title: The neutron, gamma-ray, X-ray spectrometer (NGXS): A compact instrument for making combined measurements of neutrons, gamma-rays, and X-rays
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The Neutron, Gamma ray, and X-ray Spectrometer (NGXS) is a compact instrument designed to detect neutrons, gamma-rays, and hard X-rays. The original goal of NGXS was to detect and characterize neutrons, gamma-rays, and X-rays from the Sun as part of the Solar Probe Plus mission in order to provide direct insight into particle acceleration, magnetic reconnection, and cross-field transport processes that take place near the Sun. Based on high-energy neutron detections from prompt solar flares, it is estimated that the NGXS would detect neutrons from 15 to 24 impulsive flares. The NGXS sensitivity to 2.2 MeV gamma rays would enable a detection of ̃50-60 impulsive flares. The NGXS is estimated to measure ̃120 counts/s for a GOES C1-type flare at 0.1 AU, which allows for a large dynamic ra. . .
Date: 01/2014 Publisher: Acta Astronautica Pages: 524 - 529 DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.06.017 Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S009457651200255Xhttps://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S009457651200255X?httpAccept=text/xmlhttps://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S009457651200255X?httpAccept=text/plain
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Authors: Vainio Rami, önni Arttu, Battarbee Markus, Koskinen Hannu E. J., Afanasiev Alexandr, et al.
Title: A semi-analytical foreshock model for energetic storm particle events inside 1 AU
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We have constructed a semi-analytical model of the energetic-ion foreshock of a CME-driven coronal/interplanetary shock wave responsible for the acceleration of large solar energetic particle (SEP) events. The model is based on the analytical model of diffusive shock acceleration of Bell (1978), appended with a temporal dependence of the cut-off momentum of the energetic particles accelerated at the shock, derived from the theory. Parameters of the model are re-calibrated using a fully time-dependent self-consistent simulation model of the coupled particle acceleration and Alfvén-wave generation upstream of the shock. Our results show that analytical estimates of the cut-off energy resulting from the simplified theory and frequently used in SEP modelling are overestimating the cut-off . . .
Date: 02/2014 Publisher: Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate Pages: A08 DOI: 10.1051/swsc/2014005 Available at: http://www.swsc-journal.org/10.1051/swsc/2014005http://www.swsc-journal.org/10.1051/swsc/2014005/pdf
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Authors: Korreck Kelly E., Kasper Justin C., Case Anthony W., Daigneau Peter, Bookbinder Jay A., et al.
Title: SPIE ProceedingsSolar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Science Operations Center initial design and implementation
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Solar Probe Plus, scheduled to launch in 2018, is a NASA mission that will fly through the Sun’s atmosphere for the first time. It will employ a combination of in situ plasma measurements and remote sensing imaging to achieve the mission’s primary goal: to understand how the Sun’s corona is heated and how the solar wind is accelerated. The Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) instrument suite consists of a Faraday cup and three electrostatic analyzers. In order to accomplish the science objectives, an encounter-based operations scheme is needed. This paper will outline the SWEAP science operations center design and schemes for data selection and down link. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permi. . .
Date: Publisher: SPIE DOI: 10.1117/12.2057314 Available at: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?doi=10.1117/12.2057314
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Authors: Howes G. G., Klein K. G., and TenBarge J. M.
Title: VALIDITY OF THE TAYLOR HYPOTHESIS FOR LINEAR KINETIC WAVES IN THE WEAKLY COLLISIONAL SOLAR WIND
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The interpretation of single-point spacecraft measurements of solar wind turbulence is complicated by the fact that the measurements are made in a frame of reference in relative motion with respect to the turbulent plasma. The Taylor hypothesis—that temporal fluctuations measured by a stationary probe in a rapidly flowing fluid are dominated by the advection of spatial structures in the fluid rest frame—is often assumed to simplify the analysis. But measurements of turbulence in upcoming missions, such as Solar Probe Plus, threaten to violate the Taylor hypothesis, either due to slow flow of the plasma with respect to the spacecraft or to the dispersive nature of the plasma fluctuations at small scales. Assuming that the frequency of the turbulent fluctuations is characterized by th. . .
Date: 07/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 106 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/789/2/106 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/789/i=2/a=106?key=crossref.25a7683ba86c87973ee983db364c5e6f
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Authors: Klein K. G., Howes G. G., and TenBarge J. M.
Title: THE VIOLATION OF THE TAYLOR HYPOTHESIS IN MEASUREMENTS OF SOLAR WIND TURBULENCE
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Motivated by the upcoming Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions, qualitative and quantitative predictions are made for the effects of the violation of the Taylor hypothesis on the magnetic energy frequency spectrum measured in the near-Sun environment. The synthetic spacecraft data method is used to predict observational signatures of the violation for critically balanced Alfvénic turbulence or parallel fast/whistler turbulence. The violation of the Taylor hypothesis can occur in the slow flow regime, leading to a shift of the entire spectrum to higher frequencies, or in the dispersive regime, in which the dissipation range spectrum flattens at high frequencies. It is found that Alfvénic turbulence will not significantly violate the Taylor hypothesis, but whistler turbulence wil. . .
Date: 08/2014 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L20 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/790/2/L20 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/790/i=2/a=L20?key=crossref.9873bcfbec22617b78b4a7d0cb1dbb95
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2015
Authors: de Patoul Judith, Foullon Claire, and Riley Pete
Title: 3D ELECTRON DENSITY DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE SOLAR CORONA DURING SOLAR MINIMA: ASSESSMENT FOR MORE REALISTIC SOLAR WIND MODELING
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Knowledge of the electron density distribution in the solar corona put constraints on the magnetic field configurations for coronal modeling and on initial conditions for solar wind modeling. We work with polarized SOHO/LASCO-C2 images from the last two recent minima of solar activity (1996-1997 and 2008-2010), devoid of coronal mass ejections. The goals are to derive the 4D electron density distributions in the corona by applying a newly developed time-dependent tomographic reconstruction method and to compare the results between the two solar minima and with two magnetohydrodynamic models. First, we confirm that the values of the density distribution in thermodynamic models are more realistic than in polytropic ones. The tomography provides more accurate distributions in the polar reg. . .
Date: 11/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 68 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/814/1/68 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/814/i=1/a=68?key=crossref.845557cfda4b2a3786588c8b62dbb093
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Authors: Comişel H. ̧, Motschmann U., üchner J., Narita Y., and Nariyuki Y.
Title: ION-SCALE TURBULENCE IN THE INNER HELIOSPHERE: RADIAL DEPENDENCE
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/812/i=2/a=175?key=crossref.a9d511ae127248e735f11254de6e3bb9
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Authors: Isenberg Philip A., and Vasquez Bernard J.
Title: KINETIC EVOLUTION OF CORONAL HOLE PROTONS BY IMBALANCED ION-CYCLOTRON WAVES: IMPLICATIONS FOR MEASUREMENTS BY SOLAR PROBE PLUS
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We extend the kinetic guiding-center model of collisionless coronal hole protons presented in Isenberg & Vasquez to consider driving by imbalanced spectra of obliquely propagating ion-cyclotron waves. These waves are assumed to be a small by-product of the imbalanced turbulent cascade to high perpendicular wavenumber, and their total intensity is taken to be 1% of the total fluctuation energy. We also extend the kinetic solutions for the proton distribution function in the resulting fast solar wind to heliocentric distances of 20 solar radii, which will be attainable by the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft. We consider three ratios of outward-propagating to inward-propagating resonant intensities: 1, 4, and 9. The self-consistent bulk flow speed reaches fast solar wind values in all case. . .
Date: 08/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 119 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/119 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/808/i=2/a=119?key=crossref.961efccaa84816c8b4c9e041f523e07f
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Authors: Klein Kristopher G., Perez Jean C., Verscharen Daniel, Mallet Alfred, and Chandran Benjamin D. G.
Title: A MODIFIED VERSION OF TAYLOR’S HYPOTHESIS FOR SOLAR PROBE PLUS OBSERVATIONS
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/801/i=1/a=L18?key=crossref.c92a2bde23ce9cdd58185dec581d5a09
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Authors: Good S. W., Forsyth R. J., Raines J. M., Gershman D. J., Slavin J. A., et al.
Title: RADIAL EVOLUTION OF A MAGNETIC CLOUD: MESSENGER , STEREO , AND VENUS EXPRESS OBSERVATIONS
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The Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions will provide observations of magnetic clouds closer to the Sun than ever before, and it will be good preparation for these missions to make full use of the most recent in situ data sets from the inner heliosphere—namely, those provided by MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) and Venus Express—for magnetic cloud studies. We present observations of the same magnetic cloud made by MESSENGER at Mercury and later by Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory-B (STEREO-B), while the spacecraft were radially aligned in 2011 November. Few such radial observations of magnetic clouds have been previously reported. Estimates of the solar wind speed at MESSENGER are also presented, calculated through the applicati. . .
Date: 07/2015 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 177 DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/807/2/177 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/807/i=2/a=177?key=crossref.a1b49ae2196cca72b5d1ec280eba0793
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Authors: Kuznetsov V.D.
Title: Solar and heliospheric space missions
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The paper provides a review of the state of the art and prospects of space research in heliophysics, in which a pivotal role belongs to magnetic measurements in the Sun and heliosphere. New space missions, such as the Interhelioprobe, Solar Orbiter, Solar Probe Plus, etc., will follow the currently operating ones (Hinode, SDO, STEREO, etc.) to observe the Sun from short distances and from out-of-ecliptic positions, as well as to conduct in situ measurements in the vicinity of the Sun and outside the ecliptic. The planned coordinated observations within the framework of these missions will allow us to explore the structure and dynamics of magnetic fields in the polar regions of the Sun, to study the mechanisms of the solar dynamo and solar cycle, to gain a deeper insight into the process. . .
Date: 02/2015 Publisher: Advances in Space Research Pages: 879 - 885 DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2014.07.034 Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0273117714004906https://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S0273117714004906?httpAccept=text/xmlhttps://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S0273117714004906?httpAccept=text/plain
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Authors: Kasper Justin C., Abiad Robert, Austin Gerry, Balat-Pichelin Marianne, Bale Stuart D., et al.
Title: Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation: Design of the Solar Wind and Coronal Plasma Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus
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The Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation on Solar Probe Plus is a four sensor instrument suite that provides complete measurements of the electrons and ionized helium and hydrogen that constitute the bulk of solar wind and coronal plasma. SWEAP consists of the Solar Probe Cup (SPC) and the Solar Probe Analyzers (SPAN). SPC is a Faraday Cup that looks directly at the Sun and measures ion and electron fluxes and flow angles as a function of energy. SPAN consists of an ion and electron electrostatic analyzer (ESA) on the ram side of SPP (SPAN-A) and an electron ESA on the anti-ram side (SPAN-B). The SPAN-A ion ESA has a time of flight section that enables it to sort particles by their mass/charge ratio, permitting differentiation of ion species. SPAN-A and -B are r. . .
Date: 10/2015 Publisher: Space Science Reviews DOI: 10.1007/s11214-015-0206-3 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11214-015-0206-3http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-015-0206-3
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Authors: Ruffenach A., Lavraud B., Farrugia C. J., émoulin P., Dasso S., et al.
Title: Statistical study of magnetic cloud erosion by magnetic reconnection
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recent studies suggest that magnetic reconnection is able to erode substantial amounts of the outer magnetic flux of interplanetary magnetic clouds (MCs) as they propagate in the heliosphere. We quantify and provide a broader context to this process, starting from 263 tabulated interplanetary coronal mass ejections, including MCs, observed over a time period covering 17 years and at a distance of 1 AU from the Sun with Wind (1995-2008) and the two STEREO (2009-2012) spacecraft. Based on several quality factors, including careful determination of the MC boundaries and main magnetic flux rope axes, an analysis of the azimuthal flux imbalance expected from erosion by magnetic reconnection was performed on a subset of 50 MCs. The results suggest that MCs may be eroded at the front or at rea. . .
Date: 01/2015 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics Pages: 43 - 60 DOI: 10.1002/2014JA020628 Available at: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2014JA020628http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/2014JA020628/fullpdf
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2016
Authors: Tracy Patrick J., Kasper Justin C., Raines Jim M., Shearer Paul, Gilbert Jason A., et al.
Title: Constraining Solar Wind Heating Processes by Kinetic Properties of Heavy Ions
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We analyze the heavy ion components (A >4 amu ) in collisionally young solar wind plasma and show that there is a clear, stable dependence of temperature on mass, probably reflecting the conditions in the solar corona. We consider both linear and power law forms for the dependence and find that a simple linear fit of the form Ti/Tp=(1.35 ±.02 )mi/mp describes the observations twice as well as the equivalent best fit power law of the form Ti/Tp=(mi/mp) 1.07 ±.01 . Most importantly we find that current model predictions based on turbulent transport and kinetic dissipation are in agreement with observed nonthermal heating in intermediate collisional age plasma for m /q <3.5 , but are . . .
Date: 06/2016 Publisher: Physical Review Letters DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.255101 Available at: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.255101
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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
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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: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2016JA022344http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/2016JA022344/fullpdf
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Authors: Fox Nicola J., and McComas David J.
Title: Editorial: Topical Volume on Developing the Solar Probe Plus Mission
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The Solar Probe Plus mission is a remarkable and historic step in the exploration of humankind. We have visited all of the planets and a number of other smaller moons and bodies; we have explored the magnetospheres, not just of Earth but also of all the planets; and we have explored our heliosphere and even flown a spacecraft beyond its boundary and into interstellar space itself. However, only with the launch of Solar Probe Plus will we actually visit our own star—the Sun—repeatedly traveling to within 9 solar radii (R S  RS ) of its surface (10R S  10RS heliocentric) and directly through its corona. From here, we will at long last be able to solve the key mysteries that have puzzled scientists for over 50 years: how the corona is heated and how the so. . .
Date: 12/2016 Publisher: Space Science Reviews Pages: 1 - 6 DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0323-7 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11214-016-0323-7http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0323-7.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0323-7.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11214-016-0323-7/fulltext.html
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Authors: Brodu E., and Balat-Pichelin M.
Title: Emissivity of Boron Nitride and Metals for the Solar Probe Plus Mission
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For application to the Solar Probe Plus mission (NASA), the behavior and the thermo-optical performance at very high temperatures (range 1100–2200 K) of candidate passive thermal control materials was assessed. On one hand, a pyrolytic boron nitride coating (130 μm 130 μm thick) was proved to be stable at high temperatures up to 2200 K in vacuum, as well as proved, via total and spectral emissivity measurements at high temperatures, to be able to effectively turn an initially selective solar absorber substrate (carbon/carbon composite) into a solar reflector. On the other hand, chemical vapor deposition coatings made of refractory metals with highly textured surfaces were proved to be able to significantly reduce the temperature of a metallic instrume. . .
Date: 11/2016 Publisher: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets Pages: 1119 - 1127 DOI: 10.2514/1.A33453 Available at: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/1.A33453https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdf/10.2514/1.A33453
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Authors: Matthaeus H., Weygand M., and Dasso S.
Title: Ensemble Space-Time Correlation of Plasma Turbulence in the Solar Wind
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Single point measurement turbulence cannot distinguish variations in space and time. We employ an ensemble of one- and two-point measurements in the solar wind to estimate the space-time correlation function in the comoving plasma frame. The method is illustrated using near Earth spacecraft observations, employing ACE, Geotail, IMP-8, and Wind data sets. New results include an evaluation of both correlation time and correlation length from a single method, and a new assessment of the accuracy of the familiar frozen-in flow approximation. This novel view of the space-time structure of turbulence may prove essential in exploratory space missions such as Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter for which the frozen-in flow hypothesis may not be a useful approximation.


Date: 06/2016 Publisher: Physical Review Letters DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.245101 Available at: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.245101
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Authors: Klein Kristopher G., and Chandran Benjamin D. G.
Title: EVOLUTION OF THE PROTON VELOCITY DISTRIBUTION DUE TO STOCHASTIC HEATING IN THE NEAR-SUN SOLAR WIND
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We investigate how the proton distribution function evolves when the protons undergo stochastic heating by strong, low-frequency, Alfvén-wave turbulence under the assumption that β is small. We apply our analysis to protons undergoing stochastic heating in the supersonic fast solar wind and obtain proton distributions at heliocentric distances ranging from 4 to 30 solar radii. We find that the proton distribution develops non-Gaussian structure with a flat core and steep tail. For r\gt 5 R{S, the proton distribution is well approximated by a modified Moyal distribution. Comparisons with future measurements from Solar Probe Plus could be used to test whether stochastic heating is occurring in the solar-wind acceleration region.


Date: 03/2016 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 47 DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/820/1/47 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47?key=crossref.3bba6a0e184137847bf77cde72a2fe1fhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47/pdfhttp://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/820/i=1/a=47?key=crossref.3bba6a0e184137847bf77cde72a2fe1f
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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
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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: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5.pd
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Authors: Klein K. G., and Howes G. G.
Title: MEASURING COLLISIONLESS DAMPING IN HELIOSPHERIC PLASMAS USING FIELD–PARTICLE CORRELATIONS
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30?key=crossref.1f33350dac6f20e78faa0a9e9d852985http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30/pdfhttp://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/826/i=2/a=L30?key=crossref.1f33350dac6f20e78faa0a9e9d852985
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Authors: Clemens Adam, and Burgess David
Title: Pickup ion processes associated with spacecraft thrusters: Implications for solar probe plus
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Chemical thrusters are widely used in spacecraft for attitude control and orbital manoeuvres. They create an exhaust plume of neutral gas which produces ions via photoionization and charge exchange. Measurements of local plasma properties will be affected by perturbations caused by the coupling between the newborn ions and the plasma. A model of neutral expansion has been used in conjunction with a fully three-dimensional hybrid code to study the evolution and ionization over time of the neutral cloud produced by the firing of a mono-propellant hydrazine thruster as well as the interactions of the resulting ion cloud with the ambient solar wind. Results are presented which show that the plasma in the region near to the spacecraft will be perturbed for an extended period of time with the. . .
Date: 03/2016 Publisher: Physics of Plasmas Pages: 032901 DOI: 10.1063/1.4942938 Available at: http://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.4942938http://aip.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1063/1.4942938
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Authors: Cranmer Steven R.
Title: Predictions for Dusty Mass Loss from Asteroids During Close Encounters with Solar Probe Plus
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The Solar Probe Plus ( SPP) mission will explore the Sun’s corona and innermost solar wind starting in 2018. The spacecraft will also come close to a number of Mercury-crossing asteroids with perihelia less than 0.3 AU. At small heliocentric distances, these objects may begin to lose mass, thus becoming "active asteroids" with comet-like comae or tails. This paper assembles a database of 97 known Mercury-crossing asteroids that may be encountered by SPP, and it presents estimates of their time-dependent visible-light fluxes and mass loss rates. Assuming a similar efficiency of sky background subtraction as was achieved by STEREO , we find that approximately 80 % of these asteroids are bright enough to be observed by the Wide-field Imager for SPP (WISPR). A model of gas/dust mass loss . . .
Date: 11/2016 Publisher: Earth, Moon, and Planets Pages: 51 - 79 DOI: 10.1007/s11038-016-9490-5 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11038-016-9490-5http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11038-016-9490-5.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11038-016-9490-5.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11038-016-9490-5/fulltext.html
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Authors: Abbo L., Ofman L., Antiochos S. K., Hansteen V. H., Harra L., et al.
Title: Slow Solar Wind: Observations and Modeling
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While it is certain that the fast solar wind originates from coronal holes, where and how the slow solar wind (SSW) is formed remains an outstanding question in solar physics even in the post-SOHO era. The quest for the SSW origin forms a major objective for the planned future missions such as the Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus. Nonetheless, results from spacecraft data, combined with theoretical modeling, have helped to investigate many aspects of the SSW. Fundamental physical properties of the coronal plasma have been derived from spectroscopic and imaging remote-sensing data and in situ data, and these results have provided crucial insights for a deeper understanding of the origin and acceleration of the SSW. Advanced models of the SSW in coronal streamers and other structures ha. . .
Date: 11/2016 Publisher: Space Science Reviews Pages: 55 - 108 DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1/fulltext.html
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Authors: Schwadron N. A., Bastian T., Leibacher J., Gary D., Pevtsov A., et al.
Title: The Solar Probe Plus Ground Based Network
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Executive Summary. The role of the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) Ground-Based Network (SPP-GBN) is to optimize and enhance the science return of the SPP mission by providing unique data from the ground. The role of the GBN extends to planning and coordination, supported by appropriate infrastructure, to ensure that the right kinds of observations are acquired by the various facilities (see below), at the right times, and that the data are readily accessible to the community for a variety of uses. The SPP-GBN addresses science questions that will help interpreting SPP data, but also provide global context and allow us to understand how SPP observations inform our understanding of solar phenomena. Specifically, the SPP-GBN science questions are 

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