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2020
Authors: Szabo Adam, Larson Davin, Whittlesey Phyllis, Stevens Michael L., Lavraud Benoit, et al.
Title: The Heliospheric Current Sheet in the Inner Heliosphere Observed by the Parker Solar Probe
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) completed its first solar encounter in 2018 November, bringing it closer to the Sun than any previous mission. This allowed in situ investigation of the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) inside the orbit of Venus. The Parker observations reveal a well defined magnetic sector structure placing the spacecraft in a negative polarity region for most of the encounter. The observed current sheet crossings are compared to the predictions of both potential field source surface and magnetohydrodynamic models. All the model predictions are in good qualitative agreement with the observed crossings of the HCS. The models also generally agree that the HCS was nearly parallel with the solar equator during the inbound leg of the encounter and more significantly inclined dur. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 47 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dac Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dach
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Authors: Szabo Adam, Larson Davin, Whittlesey Phyllis, Stevens Michael L., Lavraud Benoit, et al.
Title: The Heliospheric Current Sheet in the Inner Heliosphere Observed by the Parker Solar Probe
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) completed its first solar encounter in 2018 November, bringing it closer to the Sun than any previous mission. This allowed in situ investigation of the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) inside the orbit of Venus. The Parker observations reveal a well defined magnetic sector structure placing the spacecraft in a negative polarity region for most of the encounter. The observed current sheet crossings are compared to the predictions of both potential field source surface and magnetohydrodynamic models. All the model predictions are in good qualitative agreement with the observed crossings of the HCS. The models also generally agree that the HCS was nearly parallel with the solar equator during the inbound leg of the encounter and more significantly inclined dur. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 47 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dac Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5dach
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Authors: Perrone D., D’Amicis R., De Marco R., Matteini L., Stansby D., et al.
Title: Highly Alfvénic slow solar wind at 0.3 au during a solar minimum: Helios insights for Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter
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Alfvénic fluctuations in solar wind are an intrinsic property of fast streams, while slow intervals typically have a very low degree of Alfvénicity, with much more variable parameters. However, sometimes a slow wind can be highly Alfvénic. Here we compare three different regimes of solar wind, in terms of Alfvénic content and spectral properties, during a minimum phase of the solar activity and at 0.3 au. We show that fast and Alfvénic slow intervals share some common characteristics. This would suggest a similar solar origin, with the latter coming from over-expanded magnetic field lines, in agreement with observations at 1 au and at the maximum of the solar cycle. Due to the Alfvénic nature of the fluctuations in both fast and Alfvénic slow winds, we observe a well-defined corr. . .
Date: 01/2020 Publisher: Astronomy & Astrophysics Pages: A166 DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201937064 Available at: https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064/pdf
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Authors: Perrone D., D’Amicis R., De Marco R., Matteini L., Stansby D., et al.
Title: Highly Alfvénic slow solar wind at 0.3 au during a solar minimum: Helios insights for Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter
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Alfvénic fluctuations in solar wind are an intrinsic property of fast streams, while slow intervals typically have a very low degree of Alfvénicity, with much more variable parameters. However, sometimes a slow wind can be highly Alfvénic. Here we compare three different regimes of solar wind, in terms of Alfvénic content and spectral properties, during a minimum phase of the solar activity and at 0.3 au. We show that fast and Alfvénic slow intervals share some common characteristics. This would suggest a similar solar origin, with the latter coming from over-expanded magnetic field lines, in agreement with observations at 1 au and at the maximum of the solar cycle. Due to the Alfvénic nature of the fluctuations in both fast and Alfvénic slow winds, we observe a well-defined corr. . .
Date: 01/2020 Publisher: Astronomy & Astrophysics Pages: A166 DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201937064 Available at: https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064https://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201937064/pdf
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Authors: Luhmann J. G., Gopalswamy N., Jian L. K., and Lugaz N.
Title: ICME Evolution in the Inner Heliosphere
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ICMEs (interplanetary coronal mass ejections), the heliospheric counterparts of what is observed with coronagraphs at the Sun as CMEs, have been the subject of intense interest since their close association with geomagnetic storms was established in the 1980s. These major interplanetary plasma and magnetic field transients, often preceded and accompanied by solar energetic particles (SEPs), interact with planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres, and upper atmospheres in now fairly well-understood ways, although their details and context affect their overall impacts. The term ICME as it is used here refers to the complete solar-wind plasma and field disturbance, including the leading shock (if present), the compressed, deflected solar-wind plasma and the field behind the shock ("sheath"), a. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: Solar Physics DOI: 10.1007/s11207-020-01624-0 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11207-020-01624-0
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Authors: Luhmann J. G., Gopalswamy N., Jian L. K., and Lugaz N.
Title: ICME Evolution in the Inner Heliosphere
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ICMEs (interplanetary coronal mass ejections), the heliospheric counterparts of what is observed with coronagraphs at the Sun as CMEs, have been the subject of intense interest since their close association with geomagnetic storms was established in the 1980s. These major interplanetary plasma and magnetic field transients, often preceded and accompanied by solar energetic particles (SEPs), interact with planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres, and upper atmospheres in now fairly well-understood ways, although their details and context affect their overall impacts. The term ICME as it is used here refers to the complete solar-wind plasma and field disturbance, including the leading shock (if present), the compressed, deflected solar-wind plasma and the field behind the shock ("sheath"), a. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: Solar Physics DOI: 10.1007/s11207-020-01624-0 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11207-020-01624-0
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Authors: Zhao L.-L., Zank G. P., Adhikari L., Hu Q., Kasper J. C., et al.
Title: Identification of Magnetic Flux Ropes from Parker Solar Probe Observations during the First Encounter
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observed an interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) event during its first orbit around the Sun, among many other events. This event is analyzed by applying a wavelet analysis technique to obtain the reduced magnetic helicity, cross helicity, and residual energy, the first two of which are magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) invariants. Our results show that the ICME, as a large-scale magnetic flux rope, possesses high magnetic helicity, very low cross helicity, and highly negative residual energy, thus pointing to a magnetic fluctuation dominated structure. Using the same technique, we also search for small-scale coherent magnetic flux rope structures during the period from 2018 October 22 to November 21, which are intrinsic to quasi-two-dimensional MHD turbulen. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 26 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1
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Authors: Zhao L.-L., Zank G. P., Adhikari L., Hu Q., Kasper J. C., et al.
Title: Identification of Magnetic Flux Ropes from Parker Solar Probe Observations during the First Encounter
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The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observed an interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) event during its first orbit around the Sun, among many other events. This event is analyzed by applying a wavelet analysis technique to obtain the reduced magnetic helicity, cross helicity, and residual energy, the first two of which are magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) invariants. Our results show that the ICME, as a large-scale magnetic flux rope, possesses high magnetic helicity, very low cross helicity, and highly negative residual energy, thus pointing to a magnetic fluctuation dominated structure. Using the same technique, we also search for small-scale coherent magnetic flux rope structures during the period from 2018 October 22 to November 21, which are intrinsic to quasi-two-dimensional MHD turbulen. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 26 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab4ff1
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Authors: Scolini C., Chané E., Pomoell J., Rodriguez L., and Poedts S.
Title: Improving Predictions of High-Latitude Coronal Mass Ejections Throughout the Heliosphere
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Predictions of the impact of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) in the heliosphere mostly rely on cone CME models, whose performances are optimized for locations in the ecliptic plane and at 1 AU (e.g., at Earth). Progresses in the exploration of the inner heliosphere, however, advocate the need to assess their performances at both higher latitudes and smaller heliocentric distances. In this work, we perform 3-D magnetohydrodynamics simulations of artificial cone CMEs using the EUropean Heliospheric FORecasting Information Asset (EUHFORIA), investigating the performances of cone models in the case of CMEs launched at high latitudes. We compare results obtained initializing CMEs using a commonly applied approximated (Euclidean) distance relation and using a proper (great circle) distance rela. . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: Space Weather DOI: 10.1029/2019SW002246 Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019SW002246
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Authors: Scolini C., Chané E., Pomoell J., Rodriguez L., and Poedts S.
Title: Improving Predictions of High‐Latitude Coronal Mass Ejections Throughout the Heliosphere
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Predictions of the impact of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) in the heliosphere mostly rely on cone CME models, whose performances are optimized for locations in the ecliptic plane and at 1 AU (e.g., at Earth). Progresses in the exploration of the inner heliosphere, however, advocate the need to assess their performances at both higher latitudes and smaller heliocentric distances. In this work, we perform 3-D magnetohydrodynamics simulations of artificial cone CMEs using the EUropean Heliospheric FORecasting Information Asset (EUHFORIA), investigating the performances of cone models in the case of CMEs launched at high latitudes. We compare results obtained initializing CMEs using a commonly applied approximated (Euclidean) distance relation and using a proper (great circle) distance rela. . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: Space Weather DOI: 10.1029/2019SW002246 Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019SW002246
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Authors: Malaspina David M., Szalay Jamey R., Pokorný Petr, Page Brent, Bale Stuart D., et al.
Title: In Situ Observations of Interplanetary Dust Variability in the Inner Heliosphere
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This work examines the variation of interplanetary dust count rates and directionality during the first three solar encounters made by the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, covering distances between 0.65 au (\~140 solar radii, RS) and 0.16 au (\~35 RS). Dust detections are made by the FIELDS instrument via plasma clouds, produced by impact ionization of dust grains on spacecraft surfaces and resultant spacecraft potential perturbations. Dust count rates and inferred densities are found to vary by \~50% between the three solar encounters (\~5 months per orbit), with most of the variation concentrated below 0.23 au (\~50RS). Dust count rates and directionality, as well as the encounter-to-encounter variability in both quantities are found to be consistent wi. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 115 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b
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Authors: Malaspina David M., Szalay Jamey R., Pokorný Petr, Page Brent, Bale Stuart D., et al.
Title: In Situ Observations of Interplanetary Dust Variability in the Inner Heliosphere
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This work examines the variation of interplanetary dust count rates and directionality during the first three solar encounters made by the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, covering distances between 0.65 au (∼140 solar radii, RS) and 0.16 au (∼35 RS). Dust detections are made by the FIELDS instrument via plasma clouds, produced by impact ionization of dust grains on spacecraft surfaces and resultant spacecraft potential perturbations. Dust count rates and inferred densities are found to vary by ∼50% between the three solar encounters (∼5 months per orbit), with most of the variation concentrated below 0.23 au (∼50RS). Dust count rates and directionality, as well as the encounter-to-encounter variability in both quantities are found to be consiste. . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 115 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab799b
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Authors: Squire J., Chandran B. D. G., and Meyrand R.
Title: In-situ Switchback Formation in the Expanding Solar Wind
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Recent near-Sun solar-wind observations from Parker Solar Probe have found a highly dynamic magnetic environment, permeated by abrupt radial-field reversals, or "switchbacks." We show that many features of the observed turbulence are reproduced by a spectrum of Alfvénic fluctuations advected by a radially expanding flow. Starting from simple superpositions of low-amplitude outward-propagating waves, our expanding-box compressible magnetohydrodynamic simulations naturally develop switchbacks because (i) the normalized amplitude of waves grows due to expansion and (ii) fluctuations evolve toward spherical polarization (i.e., nearly constant field strength). These results suggest that switchbacks form in situ in the expanding solar wind and are not indicative of impulsive processes in the. . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L2 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab74e1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab74e1
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Authors: Squire J., Chandran B. D. G., and Meyrand R.
Title: In-situ Switchback Formation in the Expanding Solar Wind
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Recent near-Sun solar-wind observations from Parker Solar Probe have found a highly dynamic magnetic environment, permeated by abrupt radial-field reversals, or "switchbacks." We show that many features of the observed turbulence are reproduced by a spectrum of Alfvénic fluctuations advected by a radially expanding flow. Starting from simple superpositions of low-amplitude outward-propagating waves, our expanding-box compressible magnetohydrodynamic simulations naturally develop switchbacks because (i) the normalized amplitude of waves grows due to expansion and (ii) fluctuations evolve toward spherical polarization (i.e., nearly constant field strength). These results suggest that switchbacks form in situ in the expanding solar wind and are not indicative of impulsive processes in the. . .
Date: 03/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L2 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab74e1 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab74e1
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Authors: Bowen Trevor A., Mallet Alfred, Huang Jia, Klein Kristopher G., Malaspina David M., et al.
Title: Ion-scale Electromagnetic Waves in the Inner Heliosphere
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Understanding the physical processes in the solar wind and corona that actively contribute to heating, acceleration, and dissipation is a primary objective of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. Observations of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves at ion scales suggest that cyclotron resonance and wave-particle interactions are dynamically relevant in the inner heliosphere. A wavelet-based statistical study of circularly polarized events in the first perihelion encounter of PSP demonstrates that transverse electromagnetic waves at ion resonant scales are observed in 30-50% of radial field intervals. Average wave amplitudes of approximately 4 nT are measured, while the mean duration of wave events is on the order of 20 s; however, long-duration wave events can exist without . . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 66 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c65 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/
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Authors: Bowen Trevor A., Mallet Alfred, Huang Jia, Klein Kristopher G., Malaspina David M., et al.
Title: Ion-scale Electromagnetic Waves in the Inner Heliosphere
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Understanding the physical processes in the solar wind and corona that actively contribute to heating, acceleration, and dissipation is a primary objective of NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. Observations of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves at ion scales suggest that cyclotron resonance and wave─particle interactions are dynamically relevant in the inner heliosphere. A wavelet-based statistical study of circularly polarized events in the first perihelion encounter of PSP demonstrates that transverse electromagnetic waves at ion resonant scales are observed in 30─50% of radial field intervals. Average wave amplitudes of approximately 4 nT are measured, while the mean duration of wave events is on the order of 20 s; however, long-duration wave events can exist withou. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 66 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c65 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/
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Authors: Phan T. D., Bale S. D., Eastwood J. P., Lavraud B., Drake J. F., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe In Situ Observations of Magnetic Reconnection Exhausts during Encounter 1
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Magnetic reconnection in current sheets converts magnetic energy into particle energy. The process may play an important role in the acceleration and heating of the solar wind close to the Sun. Observations from Parker Solar Probe (PSP) provide a new opportunity to study this problem, as it measures the solar wind at unprecedented close distances to the Sun. During the first orbit, PSP encountered a large number of current sheets in the solar wind through perihelion at 35.7 solar radii. We performed a comprehensive survey of these current sheets and found evidence for 21 reconnection exhausts. These exhausts were observed in heliospheric current sheets, coronal mass ejections, and regular solar wind. However, we find that the majority of current sheets encountered around perihelion, whe. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 34 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee
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Authors: Phan T. D., Bale S. D., Eastwood J. P., Lavraud B., Drake J. F., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe In Situ Observations of Magnetic Reconnection Exhausts during Encounter 1
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Magnetic reconnection in current sheets converts magnetic energy into particle energy. The process may play an important role in the acceleration and heating of the solar wind close to the Sun. Observations from Parker Solar Probe (PSP) provide a new opportunity to study this problem, as it measures the solar wind at unprecedented close distances to the Sun. During the first orbit, PSP encountered a large number of current sheets in the solar wind through perihelion at 35.7 solar radii. We performed a comprehensive survey of these current sheets and found evidence for 21 reconnection exhausts. These exhausts were observed in heliospheric current sheets, coronal mass ejections, and regular solar wind. However, we find that the majority of current sheets encountered around perihelion, whe. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 34 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab55ee
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Authors: Battams Karl, Knight Matthew M., Kelley Michael S. P., Gallagher Brendan M., Howard Russell A., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe Observations of a Dust Trail in the Orbit of (3200) Phaethon
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We present the identification and preliminary analysis of a dust trail following the orbit of (3200) Phaethon as seen in white-light images recorded by the Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument on the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. During PSP’s first solar encounter in 2018 November, a dust trail following Phaethon’s orbit was visible for several days and crossing two fields of view. Preliminary analyses indicate this trail to have a visual magnitude of 15.8 ± 0.3 per pixel and a surface brightness of 25.0 mag arcsec-2 as seen by PSP/WISPR from a distance of ̃0.2 au from the trail. We estimate the total mass of the stream to be ̃(0.4-1.3) × 1012 kg, which is consistent with, though slightly underestimates, the assumed mass of t. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 64 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c68 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c68
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Authors: Battams Karl, Knight Matthew M., Kelley Michael S. P., Gallagher Brendan M., Howard Russell A., et al.
Title: Parker Solar Probe Observations of a Dust Trail in the Orbit of (3200) Phaethon
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We present the identification and preliminary analysis of a dust trail following the orbit of (3200) Phaethon as seen in white-light images recorded by the Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument on the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. During PSP's first solar encounter in 2018 November, a dust trail following Phaethon's orbit was visible for several days and crossing two fields of view. Preliminary analyses indicate this trail to have a visual magnitude of 15.8 ± 0.3 per pixel and a surface brightness of 25.0 mag arcsec−2 as seen by PSP/WISPR from a distance of ̃0.2 au from the trail. We estimate the total mass of the stream to be ̃(0.4─1.3) × 1012 kg, which is consistent with, though slightly underestimates, the assumed mass of t. . .
Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 64 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c68 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c68
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Authors: Huang S. Y., Zhang J., Sahraoui F., He J. S., Yuan Z. G., et al.
Title: Kinetic Scale Slow Solar Wind Turbulence in the Inner Heliosphere: Coexistence of Kinetic Alfvén Waves and Alfvén Ion Cyclotron Waves
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The nature of the plasma wave modes around the ion kinetic scales in highly Alfvénic slow solar wind turbulence is investigated using data from the NASA's Parker Solar Probe taken in the inner heliosphere, at 0.18 au from the Sun. The joint distribution of the normalized reduced magnetic helicity σmRB, τ) is obtained, where θRB is the angle between the local mean magnetic field and the radial direction and τ is the temporal scale. Two populations around ion scales are identified: the first population has σmRB, τ) < 0 for frequencies (in the spacecraft frame) ranging from 2.1 to 26 Hz for 60° < θRB < 130°, corresponding to kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs), and the second population has σm. . .
Date: 07/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L3 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abb Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abbhttps://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abb/
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Authors: Huang S. Y., Zhang J., Sahraoui F., He J. S., Yuan Z. G., et al.
Title: Kinetic Scale Slow Solar Wind Turbulence in the Inner Heliosphere: Coexistence of Kinetic Alfvén Waves and Alfvén Ion Cyclotron Waves
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The nature of the plasma wave modes around the ion kinetic scales in highly Alfvénic slow solar wind turbulence is investigated using data from the NASA’s Parker Solar Probe taken in the inner heliosphere, at 0.18 au from the Sun. The joint distribution of the normalized reduced magnetic helicity σmRB, τ) is obtained, where θRB is the angle between the local mean magnetic field and the radial direction and τ is the temporal scale. Two populations around ion scales are identified: the first population has σmRB, τ) < 0 for frequencies (in the spacecraft frame) ranging from 2.1 to 26 Hz for 60° < θRB < 130°, corresponding to kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs), and the second population has σmDate: 07/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L3 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abb Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abbhttps://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab9abb/
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Authors: Vech Daniel, Kasper Justin C., Klein Kristopher G., Huang Jia, Stevens Michael L., et al.
Title: Kinetic-scale Spectral Features of Cross Helicity and Residual Energy in the Inner Heliosphere
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In this work, we present the first results from the flux angle (FA) operation mode of the Faraday Cup instrument on board the Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The FA mode allows rapid measurements of phase space density fluctuations close to the peak of the proton velocity distribution function with a cadence of 293 Hz. This approach provides an invaluable tool for understanding kinetic-scale turbulence in the solar wind and solar corona. We describe a technique to convert the phase space density fluctuations into vector velocity components and compute several turbulence parameters, such as spectral index, residual energy, and cross helicity during two intervals when the FA mode was used in PSP’s first encounter at 0.174 au distance from the Sun.


Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 52 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2
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Authors: Vech Daniel, Kasper Justin C., Klein Kristopher G., Huang Jia, Stevens Michael L., et al.
Title: Kinetic-scale Spectral Features of Cross Helicity and Residual Energy in the Inner Heliosphere
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In this work, we present the first results from the flux angle (FA) operation mode of the Faraday Cup instrument on board the Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The FA mode allows rapid measurements of phase space density fluctuations close to the peak of the proton velocity distribution function with a cadence of 293 Hz. This approach provides an invaluable tool for understanding kinetic-scale turbulence in the solar wind and solar corona. We describe a technique to convert the phase space density fluctuations into vector velocity components and compute several turbulence parameters, such as spectral index, residual energy, and cross helicity during two intervals when the FA mode was used in PSP's first encounter at 0.174 au distance from the Sun.


Date: 02/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Pages: 52 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab60a2
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Authors: Krasnoselskikh V., Larosa A., Agapitov O., de Wit Dudok, Moncuquet M., et al.
Title: Localized Magnetic-field Structures and Their Boundaries in the Near-Sun Solar Wind from Parker Solar Probe Measurements
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One of the discoveries of the Parker Solar Probe during its first encounters with the Sun is ubiquitous presence of relatively small-scale structures standing out as sudden deflections of the magnetic field. They were named "switchbacks" since some of them show a full reversal of the radial component of the magnetic field and then return to "regular" conditions. We carried out an analysis of three typical switchback structures having different characteristics: I. Alfvénic structure, where the variations of the magnetic field components take place while conserving the magnitude of the magnetic field; II. Compressional structure, where the magnitude of the field varies together with changes of its components; and III. Structure manifesting full reversal of the magnetic field, presumably . . .
Date: 04/2020 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 93 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab7f2d Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab7f2d
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