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The Wide-field Imager for the Parker Solar Probe (PSP/WISPR) comprises two telescopes that record white-light total brightness [B] images of the solar corona. Their fields of view cover a widely changing range of heliocentric heights over the 24 highly eccentric orbits planned for the mission. In this work, the capability of PSP/WISPR data to carry out tomographic reconstructions of the three-dimensional (3D) distribution of the coronal electron density is investigated. Based on the precise orbital information of the mission ...
Published by: SOLAR PHYSICS Published on: 06/2019
YEAR: 2019   DOI: 10.1007/s11207-019-1471-1
We examine Alfven Wave Solar atmosphere Model (AWSoM) predictions of the first Parker Solar Probe (PSP) encounter. We focus on the 12 day closest approach centered on the first perihelion. AWSoM allows us to interpret the PSP data in the context of coronal heating via Alfven wave turbulence. The coronal heating and acceleration is addressed via outward-propagating low-frequency Alfven waves that are partially reflected by Alfven speed gradients. The nonlinear interaction of these counter-propagating waves results in a turbul ...
Published by: ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS Published on: 02/2019
YEAR: 2019   DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab04a5