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Motivated by prior remote observations of a transition from striated\ solar\ coronal structures to more isotropic "flocculated" fluctuations, we propose that the dynamics of the inner\ solar\ wind just outside the Alfven critical zone, and in the vicinity of the first beta = 1 surface, is powered by the relative velocities of adjacent coronal magnetic flux tubes. We suggest that large-amplitude flow contrasts are magnetically constrained at lower altitude but shear-driven dynamics are triggered as such ...
YEAR: 2020   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abb594
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 initiat ...
Howard, R.; Vourlidas, A.; Bothmer, V.; Colaninno, R.; DeForest, C.; Gallagher, B.; Hall, J.; Hess, P.; Higginson, A.; Korendyke, C.; Kouloumvakos, A.; Lamy, P.; Liewer, P.; Linker, J.; Linton, M.; Penteado, P.; Plunkett, S.; Poirier, N.; Raouafi, N.; Rich, N.; Rochus, P.; Rouillard, A.; Socker, D.; Stenborg, G.; Thernisien, A.; Viall, N.;
YEAR: 2019   DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1807-x
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. Th ...
The tenuous supersonic solar wind that streams from the top of the corona passes through a natural boundary\textemdashthe Alfv\ en surface\textemdashthat marks the causal disconnection of individual packets of plasma and magnetic flux from the Sun itself. The Alfv\ en surface is the locus where the radial motion of the accelerating solar wind passes the radial Alfv\ en speed, and therefore any displacement of material cannot carry information back down into the corona. It is thus the natural outer boundary of the solar co ...
YEAR: 2014   DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/787/2/124