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2019
Authors: Howard R. A., Vourlidas A., Bothmer V., Colaninno R. C., DeForest C. E., et al.
Title: Near-Sun observations of an F-corona decrease and K-corona fine structure
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Remote observations of the solar photospheric light scattered by electrons (the K-corona) and dust (the F-corona or zodiacal light) have been made from the ground during eclipses and from space at distances as small as 0.3 astronomical units to the Sun. Previous observations of dust scattering have not confirmed the existence of the theoretically predicted dust-free zone near the Sun. The transient nature of the corona has been well characterized for large events, but questions still remain (for example, about the initiation of the corona and the production of solar energetic particles) and for small events even its structure is uncertain. Here we report imaging of the solar corona during the first two perihelion passes (0.16-0.25 astronomical units) of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 232 - 236 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1807-x Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1807-x
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Authors: Riley Pete, Downs Cooper, Linker Jon A., Mikic Zoran, Lionello Roberto, et al.
Title: Predicting the Structure of the Solar Corona and Inner Heliosphere during Parker Solar Probe ’s First Perihelion Pass
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft reached its first perihelion of 35.7 solar radii on 2018 November 5. To aid in mission planning, and in anticipation of the unprecedented measurements to be returned, in late October, we developed a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) solution for the solar corona and inner heliosphere, driven by the then available observations of the Sun’s photospheric magnetic field. Our model incorporates a wave-turbulence-driven model to heat the corona. Here, we present our predictions for the structure of the solar corona and the likely in situ measurements that PSP will be returning over the next few months. We infer that, in the days prior to first encounter, PSP was immersed in wind emanating from a well-established, positive-polarity north. . .
Date: 04/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L15 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab0ec3 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/874/i=2/a=L15?key=crossref.94a3f13ef95cab063c2cc60115d0f410http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/874/i=2/a=L15/pd
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Authors: McComas D. J., Christian E. R., Cohen C. M. S., Cummings A. C., Davis A. J., et al.
Title: Probing the energetic particle environment near the Sun
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission recently plunged through the inner heliosphere of the Sun to its perihelia, about 24 million kilometres from the Sun. Previous studies farther from the Sun (performed mostly at a distance of 1 astronomical unit) indicate that solar energetic particles are accelerated from a few kiloelectronvolts up to near-relativistic energies via at least two processes: "impulsive" events, which are usually associated with magnetic reconnection in solar flares and are typically enriched in electrons, helium-3 and heavier ions, and "gradual" events, which are typically associated with large coronal-mass-ejection-driven shocks and compressions moving through the corona and inner solar wind and are the dominant source of protons with energies between 1 and 10 megaelect. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 223 - 227 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1811-1 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1811-1
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Authors: Hein Andreas M., Perakis Nikolaos, Eubanks Marshall, Hibberd Adam, Crowl Adam, et al.
Title: Project Lyra: Sending a spacecraft to 1I/’Oumuamua (former A/2017 U1), the interstellar asteroid
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The first definitely interstellar object 1I/’Oumuamua (previously A/2017 U1) observed in our solar system provides the opportunity to directly study material from an other star system. Can such objects be intercepted? The challenge of reaching the object within a reasonable timeframe is formidable due to its high heliocentric hyperbolic excess velocity of about 26 km/s; much faster than any vehicle yet launched. This paper presents a high-level analysis of potential near-term options for a mission to 1I/’Oumuamua and potential similar objects. Reaching 1I/’Oumuamua via a spacecraft launched in a reasonable timeframe of 5-10 years (launch in 2022-2027) requires an Earth departure hyperbolic excess velocity between 33 and 76 km/s for mission durations between 30 and 5 years, respect. . .
Date: 08/2019 Publisher: Acta Astronautica Pages: 552 - 561 DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.12.042 Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0094576518317004
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Authors: Yoon Peter H., Hwang Junga, Kim Hyangpyo, and Seough Jungjoon
Title: Quasi Thermal Noise Spectroscopy for Van Allen Probes
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Quasi thermal fluctuations in the Langmuir/upper-hybrid frequency range are pervasively observed in space plasmas including the radiation belt and the ring current region of inner magnetosphere as well as the solar wind. The quasi thermal noise spectroscopy may be employed in order to determine the electron density and temperature as well as to diagnose the properties of energetic electrons when direct measurements are not available. However, when employing the technique, one must carefully take the spacecraft orientation into account. The present paper takes the upper-hybrid and multiple harmonic—or (n + 1/2)fce—emissions measured by the Van Allen Probes as an example in order to illustrate how the spacecraft antenna geometrical factor can be incorporated into the theore. . .
Date: 04/2019 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2019JA026460 Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019JA026460
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Authors: Parashar T. N., Cuesta M., and Matthaeus W. H.
Title: Reynolds Number and Intermittency in the Expanding Solar Wind: Predictions Based on Voyager Observations
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The large-scale features of the solar wind are examined in order to predict small-scale features of turbulence in unexplored regions of the heliosphere. The strategy is to examine how system size, or effective Reynolds number Re, varies, and then how this quantity influences observable statistical properties, including intermittency properties of solar wind turbulence. The expectation based on similar hydrodynamics scalings is that the kurtosis, of the small-scale magnetic field increments, will increase with increasing Re. Simple theoretical arguments as well as Voyager observations indicate that effective interplanetary turbulence Re decreases with increasing heliocentric distance. The decrease of scale-dependent magnetic increment kurtosis with increasing heliocentric distance is ver. . .
Date: 10/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L57 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82
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Authors: Parashar T. N., Cuesta M., and Matthaeus W. H.
Title: Reynolds Number and Intermittency in the Expanding Solar Wind: Predictions Based on Voyager Observations
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The large-scale features of the solar wind are examined in order to predict small-scale features of turbulence in unexplored regions of the heliosphere. The strategy is to examine how system size, or effective Reynolds number Re, varies, and then how this quantity influences observable statistical properties, including intermittency properties of solar wind turbulence. The expectation based on similar hydrodynamics scalings is that the kurtosis, of the small-scale magnetic field increments, will increase with increasing Re. Simple theoretical arguments as well as Voyager observations indicate that effective interplanetary turbulence Re decreases with increasing heliocentric distance. The decrease of scale-dependent magnetic increment kurtosis with increasing heliocentric distance is ver. . .
Date: 10/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L57 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82
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Authors: Verscharen Daniel, Chandran Benjamin D. G., Jeong Seong-Yeop, Salem Chadi S., Pulupa Marc P., et al.
Title: Self-induced Scattering of Strahl Electrons in the Solar Wind
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We investigate the scattering of strahl electrons by microinstabilities as a mechanism for creating the electron halo in the solar wind. We develop a mathematical framework for the description of electron-driven microinstabilities and discuss the associated physical mechanisms. We find that an instability of the oblique fast-magnetosonic/whistler (FM/W) mode is the best candidate for a microinstability that scatters strahl electrons into the halo. We derive approximate analytic expressions for the FM/W instability threshold in two different β c regimes, where β c is the ratio of the core electrons’ thermal pressure to the magnetic pressure, and confirm the accuracy of these thresholds through comparison with numerical solutions to the hot-plasma dispersion rela. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 136 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30/
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Authors: Pecora Francesco, Greco Antonella, Hu Qiang, Servidio Sergio, Chasapis Alexandros G., et al.
Title: Single-spacecraft Identification of Flux Tubes and Current Sheets in the Solar Wind
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A novel technique is presented for describing and visualizing the local topology of the magnetic field using single-spacecraft data in the solar wind. The approach merges two established techniques: the Grad-Shafranov (GS) reconstruction method, which provides a plausible regional two-dimensional magnetic field surrounding the spacecraft trajectory, and the Partial Variance of Increments (PVI) technique that identifies coherent magnetic structures, such as current sheets. When applied to one month of Wind magnetic field data at 1 minute resolution, we find that the quasi-two-dimensional turbulence emerges as a sea of magnetic islands and current sheets. Statistical analysis confirms that current sheets associated with high values of PVI are mostly located between and within the GS magne. . .
Date: 08/2019 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L11 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab32d9 Available at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab32d9
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Authors: Yoon P. H., Seough J., Salem C. S., and Klein K. G.
Title: Solar Wind Temperature Isotropy
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Reliable models of the solar wind in the near-Earth space environment may constrain conditions close to the Sun. This is relevant to NASA’s contemporary innerheliospheric mission Parker Solar Probe. Among the outstanding issues is how to explain the solar wind temperature isotropy. Perpendicular and parallel proton and electron temperatures near 1 AU are theoretically predicted to be unequal, but in situ observations show quasi-isotropy sufficiently below the instability threshold condition. This has not been satisfactorily explained. The present Letter shows that the dynamical coupling of electrons and protons via collisional processes and instabilities may contribute toward the resolution of this problem.


Date: 10/2019 Publisher: Physical Review Letters DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.145101 Available at: https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.145101
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Authors: Verscharen Daniel
Title: A step closer to the Sun’s secrets
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is currently making a series of close encounters with the Sun. Initial observations from the spacecraft have improved our understanding of both the Sun and its environment.


Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 219 - 220 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-03665-3 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03665-3
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Authors: Verscharen Daniel
Title: A step closer to the Sun’s secrets
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NASA's Parker Solar Probe is currently making a series of close encounters with the Sun. Initial observations from the spacecraft have improved our understanding of both the Sun and its environment.


Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 219 - 220 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-03665-3 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03665-3
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Authors: Witze Alexandra
Title: Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind
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Surprise magnetic reversals and an unexpectedly fast rotating wind mark the first findings from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.


Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Nature Pages: 15 - 16 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-03684-0 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03684-0http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03684-0.pdfhttp://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03684-0.pdfhttp://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03684-0
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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
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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
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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: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/488/2/2380/5530769http://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-pdf/488/2/2380/28979632/stz1877.pdfhttp://academic.oup.com/mnras/advance-article-pdf/doi/10.1093/mnras/stz1877/28924256/stz1877.pdf
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Authors: Lamy Philippe, Floyd Olivier, Mikic Zoran, and Riley Pete
Title: Validation of MHD Model Predictions of the Corona with LASCO-C2 Polarized Brightness Images
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Progress in our understanding of the solar corona requires that the results of advanced magnetohydrodynamic models driven by measured magnetic fields, and particularly the underlying heating models, be thoroughly compared with coronal observations. The comparison has so far mainly concerned the global morphology of the corona, synthetic images calculated from the models being compared with observed images. We go one step further by performing detailed quantitative comparisons between the calculated polarized radiance p B using the three-dimensional electron density produced by MHD models and well calibrated polarized images obtained by the Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph LASCO-C2 coronagraph complemented by ground-based images when available from the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory Ma. . .
Date: 11/2019 Publisher: Solar Physics DOI: 10.1007/s11207-019-1549-9 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11207-019-1549-9http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11207-019-1549-9.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11207-019-1549-9.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11207-019-1549-9/fulltext.html
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2018
Authors: Witze Alexandra
Title: Death-defying NASA mission will make humanity’s closest approach to the Sun
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The Parker Solar Probe will dive into the sizzling solar corona to explore its mysteries.


Date: 07/2018 Publisher: Nature Pages: 452 - 453 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-05741-6 Available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05741-6http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05741-6.pdfhttp://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05741-6http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05741-6.pdf
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Authors: Stansby D, Horbury T S, and Matteini L
Title: Diagnosing solar wind origins using in situ measurements in the inner heliosphere
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Robustly identifying the solar sources of individual packets of solar wind measured in interplanetary space remains an open problem. We set out to see if this problem is easier to tackle using solar wind measurements closer to the Sun than 1 au, where the mixing and dynamical interaction of different solar wind streams is reduced. Using measurements from the Helios mission, we examined how the proton core temperature anisotropy and cross-helicity varied with distance. At 0.3 au there are two clearly separated anisotropic and isotropic populations of solar wind that are not distinguishable at 1 au. The anisotropic population is always Alfvénic and spans a wide range of speeds. In contrast the isotropic population has slow speeds, and contains a mix of Alfvénic wind with constant mass f. . .
Date: 01/2019 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Pages: 1706 - 1714 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2814 Available at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/482/2/1706/5142296http://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-pdf/482/2/1706/26330049/sty2814.pdf
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Authors: Yoon Peter H., Hwang Junga, ópez Rodrigo A., Kim Sunjung, and Lee Jaejin
Title: Electromagnetic Thermal Noise in Upper-Hybrid Frequency Range
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The inner magnetosphere including the radiation belt and ring current environment is replete with high-frequency fluctuations with peak intensity occurring near upper-hybrid frequency and/or multiple harmonic electron cyclotron frequencies above and below the upper-hybrid frequency. Past and contemporary spacecraft missions, including the Van Allen Probes, were designed to detect the electric field spectrum only for these high-frequency fluctuations. Making use of the recently formulated generalized theory of electromagnetic spontaneous emission in thermal magnetized plasmas, it is shown that upper-hybrid/multiple harmonic electron cyclotron emissions are characterized by a significant magnetic field component, even in the high-frequency regime. Such a prediction may potentially be test. . .
Date: 07/2018 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics Pages: 5356 - 5363 DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025459 Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1029/2018JA025459/fullpdf
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Authors: Stenborg Guillermo, Stauffer Johnathan R., and Howard Russell A.
Title: Evidence for a Circumsolar Dust Ring Near Mercury’s Orbit
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To test a technique to be used on the white-light imager onboard the recently launched Parker Solar Probe mission, we performed a numerical differentiation of the brightness profiles along the photometric axis of the F-corona models that are derived from STEREO Ahead Sun Earth Connection Heliospheric Investigation observations recorded with the HI-1 instrument between 2007 December and 2014 March. We found a consistent pattern in the derivatives that can be observed from any S/C longitude between about 18° and 23° elongation with a maximum at about 21°. These findings indicate the presence of a circumsolar dust density enhancement that peaks at about 23° elongation. A straightforward integration of the excess signal in the derivative space indicates that the brightness increase over. . .
Date: 11/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: 74 DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae6cb Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/868/i=1/a=74?key=crossref.819ea43bc5d8ac7ce2e4d9090800ae03
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Authors: Owens Mathew J., Lockwood Mike, Barnard Luke A., and MacNeil Allan R.
Title: Generation of Inverted Heliospheric Magnetic Flux by Coronal Loop Opening and Slow Solar Wind Release
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In situ spacecraft observations provide much-needed constraints on theories of solar wind formation and release, particularly the highly variable slow solar wind, which dominates near-Earth space. Previous studies have shown an association between local inversions in the heliospheric magnetic field (HMF) and solar wind released from the vicinity of magnetically closed coronal structures. We here show that in situ properties of inverted HMF are consistent with the same hot coronal source regions as the slow solar wind. We propose that inverted HMF is produced by solar wind speed shear, which results from interchange reconnection between a coronal loop and open flux tube, and introduces a pattern of fast-slow-fast wind along a given HMF flux tube. This same loop-opening process is thought. . .
Date: 11/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L14 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaee82 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/868/i=1/a=L14?key=crossref.317335516eaf9fd091c127050a2fecdd
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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
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/855/i=1/a=40?key=crossref.ef4d8c88b914db7976655ab16f8f792a
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Authors: Bourdin Philippe, Singh Nishant K., and Brandenburg Axel
Title: Magnetic Helicity Reversal in the Corona at Small Plasma Beta
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/0004-637X/869/i=1/a=2?key=crossref.90fa7f41d90e2c8b57f8248c0437cc6b
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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
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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: http://stacks.iop.org/2041-8205/854/i=2/a=L19?key=crossref.3db06d37bee0fc065cdec82f4faaf3b7
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Authors: Banks Michael
Title: NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to ’touch’ the Sun
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NASA has launched a mission to study the Sun’s atmosphere and solar wind that will come far closer to our star than any other craft before.


Date: 09/2018 Publisher: Physics World Pages: 7 - 7 DOI: 10.1088/2058-7058/31/9/11 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2058-7058/31/i=9/a=11?key=crossref.74cb5927650dbdc73ec7a9da93480898
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