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2020

The Solar Wind Angular Momentum Flux as Observed by Parker Solar Probe

he long-term evolution of the Sun\textquoterights rotation period cannot be directly observed, and is instead inferred from trends in the measured rotation periods of other Sun-like stars. Assuming the Sun spins down as it ages, following rotation rate proportional to age(-1/2), requires the current\ solar\ angular momentum (AM) loss rate to be around 6 x 10(30)erg. Magnetohydrodynamic models, and previous observations of the\ solar\ wind (from the Helios and Wind spacecraft), generally predict a value ...

Finley, Adam; Matt, Sean; eville, Victor; Pinto, Rui; Owens, Mathew; Kasper, Justin; Korreck, Kelly; Case, A.; Stevens, Michael; Whittlesey, Phyllis; Larson, Davin; Livi, Roberto;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/abb9a5

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar evolution; Solar Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar rotation; Solar wind; Stellar evolution; Stellar physics; Stellar rotation

Large-amplitude, Wideband, Doppler-shifted, Ion Acoustic Waves Observed on the Parker Solar Probe

Electric field spectra measured on the\ Parker\ Solar\ Probe\ typically contain upwards of 1000 large-amplitude (similar to 15 mV m(-1)), wideband (similar to 100-15,000 Hz), few-second-duration, electric field waveforms per day. The satellite also collected about 85 three-second bursts of electric field waveforms per day at a data rate of similar to 150,000 samples per second. Eight such bursts caught these waves, all of which were located in switchbacks of the magnetic field. A wave burst on 2019 Sep ...

Mozer, F.; Bonnell, J.; Bowen, T.; Schumm, G.; . Y. Vasko, I;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abafb4

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

On the Scaling Properties of Magnetic-field Fluctuations through the Inner Heliosphere

Although the interplanetary magnetic-field variability has been extensively investigated in situ using data from several space missions, newly launched missions providing high-resolution measures and approaching the Sun offer the possibility to study the multiscale variability in the innermost\ solar\ system. Here, using\ Parker\ Solar\ Probe\ measurements, we investigate the scaling properties of\ solar\ wind magnetic-field fluctuations at different heliocentric distances. The resu ...

Alberti, Tommaso; Laurenza, Monica; Consolini, Giuseppe; Milillo, Anna; Marcucci, Maria; Carbone, Vincenzo; Bale, Stuart;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abb3d2

Chaos; interplanetary magnetic fields; interplanetary turbulence; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Time series analysis

Understanding the origins of the heliosphere: integrating observations and measurements from Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter, and other space- and ground-based observatories

Context. The launch of\ Parker\ Solar\ Probe\ (PSP) in 2018, followed by\ Solar\ Orbiter (SO) in February 2020, has opened a new window in the exploration of\ solar\ magnetic activity and the origin of the heliosphere. These missions, together with other space observatories dedicated to\ solar\ observations, such as the\ Solar\ Dynamics Observatory, Hinode, IRIS, STEREO, and SOHO, with complementary in situ observations from WIND and ACE, and ground based multi-w ...

Velli, M.; Harra, L.; Vourlidas, A.; Schwadron, N.; Panasenco, O.; Liewer, P.; Müller, D.; Zouganelis, I.; St Cyr, O.; Gilbert, H.; Nieves-Chinchilla, T.; Auchère, F.; Berghmans, D.; Fludra, A.; Horbury, T.; Howard, R.; Krucker, S.; Maksimovic, M.; Owen, C.; iguez-Pacheco, Rodr\; Romoli, M.; Solanki, S.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, R.; Bale, S.; Kasper, J.; McComas, D.; Raouafi, N.; Martinez-Pillet, V.; Walsh, A.; De Groof, A.; Williams, D.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/202038245

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; solar-terrestrial relations; Sun: atmosphere; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere; Sun: magnetic fields

Cross Helicity of the 2018 November Magnetic Cloud Observed by the Parker Solar Probe

Magnetic clouds are large-scale transient structures in the solar wind with low plasma-beta, low-amplitude magnetic field fluctuations, and twisted field lines with both ends often connected to the Sun. Their inertial-range turbulent properties have not been examined in detail. In this Letter, we analyze the normalized cross helicity, sigma(c), and residual energy, sigma(r), of plasma fluctuations in the 2018 November magnetic cloud observed at 0.25.au by the Parker Solar Probe. A low value of |sigma(c)| was present in th ...

Good, S.; Kilpua, E.; Ala-Lahti, M.; Osmane, A.; Bale, S.; Zhao, L.-L.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/abb021

interplanetary magnetic fields; interplanetary turbulence; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar coronal mass ejections; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Polytropic Behavior of Solar Wind Protons Observed by Parker Solar Probe

A polytropic process describes the transition of a fluid from one state to another through a specific relationship between the fluid density and temperature. The value of the polytropic index that governs this relationship determines the heat transfer and the effective degrees of freedom during a specific process. In this study, we analyze\ solar\ wind proton plasma measurements, obtained by the Faraday cup instrument on board the\ Parker\ Solar\ Probe. We examine the large-scale variations of the ...

Nicolaou, Georgios; Livadiotis, George; Wicks, Robert; Verscharen, Daniel; Maruca, Bennett;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abaaae

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Spectral Features in Field-aligned Solar Wind Turbulence from Parker Solar Probe Observations

Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observed a large variety of Alfv\ enic fluctuations in the fast and slow solar wind flow during its two perihelia. The properties of Alfv\ enic solar wind turbulence have been studied for decades in the near-Earth environment. A spectral index of -5/3 or -2 for magnetic field fluctuations has been observed using spacecraft measurements, which can be explained by turbulence theories of nearly incompressible magnetohydrodynamics (NI MHD) or critical balance. In this study, a rigorous search of field ...

Zhao, L.-L.; Zank, G.; Adhikari, L.; Nakanotani, M.; Telloni, D.; Carbone, F.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab9b7e

interplanetary turbulence; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Spectral index

The Electromagnetic Signature of Outward Propagating Ion-scale Waves

First results from the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission have revealed ubiquitous coherent ion-scale waves in the inner heliosphere, which are signatures of kinetic wave-particle interactions and fluid instabilities. However, initial studies of the circularly polarized ion-scale waves observed by PSP have only thoroughly analyzed magnetic field signatures, precluding a determination of solar wind frame propagation direction and intrinsic wave polarization. A comprehensive determination of wave properties requires measureme ...

Bowen, Trevor; Bale, Stuart; Bonnell, J.; Larson, Davin; Mallet, Alfred; McManus, Michael; Mozer, Forrest; Pulupa, Marc; Vasko, Ivan; Verniero, J.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab9f37

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma astrophysics; Plasma physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Magnetic Field Dropouts at Near-Sun Switchback Boundaries: A Superposed Epoch Analysis

During Parker Solar Probe\textquoterights first close encounter with the Sun in early 2018 November, a large number of impulsive rotations in the magnetic field were detected within 50 Rs; these also occurred in association with short-lived impulsive solar wind bursts in speed. These impulsive features are now called "switchback" events. We examined a set of these switchbacks where the boundary transition into and out of the switchback was abrupt, with fast B rotations and simultaneous solar wind speed changes ...

Farrell, W.; MacDowall, R.; Gruesbeck, J.; Bale, S.; Kasper, J.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab9eba

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; The Sun

Editorial: Solar Wind at the Dawn of the Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter Era

Solar Wind 15 brought together almost 250 experts from all continents of the world to discuss the current trends and future perspectives of the research on the Sun and its solar wind. The present article collection recaptures some of the highlights of their contributions.

Lapenta, Giovanni; Zhukov, Andrei; van Driel-Gesztelyi, Lidia;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.1007/s11207-020-01670-8

Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Tearing Instability and Periodic Density Perturbations in the Slow Solar Wind

In contrast with the fast solar wind, which originates in coronal holes, the source of the slow solar wind is still debated. Often intermittent and enriched with low first ionization potential elements\textemdashakin to what is observed in closed coronal loops\textemdashthe slow wind could form in bursty events nearby helmet streamers. Slow winds also exhibit density perturbations that have been shown to be periodic and could be associated with flux ropes ejected from the tip of helmet streamers, as shown recently by the ...

eville, Victor; Velli, Marco; Rouillard, Alexis; Lavraud, Benoit; Tenerani, Anna; Shi, Chen; Strugarek, Antoine;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab911d

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Magnetohydrodynamics; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma astrophysics; Slow solar wind; Solar magnetic reconnection; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Parker Solar Probe Observations of Proton Beams Simultaneous with Ion-scale Waves

Parker Solar Probe (PSP), NASA\textquoterights latest and closest mission to the Sun, is on a journey to investigate fundamental enigmas of the inner heliosphere. This paper reports initial observations made by the Solar Probe Analyzer for Ions (SPAN-I), one of the instruments in the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons instrument suite. We address the presence of secondary proton beams in concert with ion-scale waves observed by FIELDS, the electromagnetic fields instrument suite. We show two events from PSP\textquote ...

Verniero, J.; Larson, D.; Livi, R.; Rahmati, A.; McManus, M.; Pyakurel, Sharma; Klein, K.; Bowen, T.; Bonnell, J.; Alterman, B.; Whittlesey, P.; Malaspina, David; Bale, S.; Kasper, J.; Case, A.; Goetz, K.; Harvey, P.; Korreck, K.; MacDowall, R.; Pulupa, M.; Stevens, M.; de Wit, Dudok;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab86af

Alfv\ en waves; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

The evolution of inverted magnetic fields through the inner heliosphereABSTRACT

Local inversions are often observed in the heliospheric magnetic field (HMF), but their origins and evolution are not yet fully understood. Parker Solar Probe has recently observed rapid, Alfv\ enic, HMF inversions in the inner heliosphere, known as \textquoterightswitchbacks\textquoteright, which have been interpreted as the possible remnants of coronal jets. It has also been suggested that inverted HMF may be produced by near-Sun interchange reconnection; a key process in mechanisms proposed for slow solar wind release. ...

Macneil, Allan; Owens, Mathew; Wicks, Robert; Lockwood, Mike; Bentley, Sarah; Lang, Matthew;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa951

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; magnetic fields; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; plasmas; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: heliosphere

The Solar Probe ANalyzers\textemdashElectrons on the Parker Solar Probe

Electrostatic analyzers of different designs have been used since the earliest days of the space age, beginning with the very earliest solar-wind measurements made by Mariner 2 en route to Venus in 1962. The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, NASA\textquoterights first dedicated mission to study the innermost reaches of the heliosphere, makes its thermal plasma measurements using a suite of instruments called the Solar Wind Electrons, Alphas, and Protons (SWEAP) investigation. SWEAP\textquoterights electron PSP Analyzer (S ...

Whittlesey, Phyllis; Larson, Davin; Kasper, Justin; Halekas, Jasper; Abatcha, Mamuda; Abiad, Robert; Berthomier, M.; Case, A.; Chen, Jianxin; Curtis, David; Dalton, Gregory; Klein, Kristopher; Korreck, Kelly; Livi, Roberto; Ludlam, Michael; Marckwordt, Mario; Rahmati, Ali; Robinson, Miles; Slagle, Amanda; Stevens, M.; Tiu, Chris; Verniero, J.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab7370

Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar coronal heating; Solar instruments; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Highly Alfv\ enic slow solar wind at 0.3 au during a solar minimum: Helios insights for Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter

Alfv\ enic fluctuations in solar wind are an intrinsic property of fast streams, while slow intervals typically have a very low degree of Alfv\ enicity, with much more variable parameters. However, sometimes a slow wind can be highly Alfv\ enic. Here we compare three different regimes of solar wind, in terms of Alfv\ enic content and spectral properties, during a minimum phase of the solar activity and at 0.3 au. We show that fast and Alfv\ enic slow intervals share some common characteristics. This would suggest a simila ...

Perrone, D.; D\textquoterightAmicis, R.; De Marco, R.; Matteini, L.; Stansby, D.; Bruno, R.; Horbury, T.;

YEAR: 2020     DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201937064

parker solar probe; plasmas; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere; turbulence

2019

Electron Energy Partition across Interplanetary Shocks. II. Statistics

A statistical analysis of 15,210 electron velocity distribution function (VDF) fits, observed within \textpm2 hr of 52 interplanetary (IP) shocks by the Wind spacecraft near 1 au, is presented. This is the second in a three-part series on electron VDFs near IP shocks. The electron velocity moment statistics for the dense, low-energy core, tenuous, hot halo, and field-aligned beam/strahl are a statistically significant list of values illustrated with both histograms and tabular lists for reference and baselines in future w ...

Wilson, Lynn; Chen, Li-Jen; Wang, Shan; Schwartz, Steven; Turner, Drew; Stevens, Michael; Kasper, Justin; Osmane, Adnane; Caprioli, Damiano; Bale, Stuart; Pulupa, Marc; Salem, Chadi; Goodrich, Katherine;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab5445

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Interplanetary particle acceleration; Interplanetary shocks; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma astrophysics; Plasma physics; Solar coronal mass ejection shocks; Solar coronal mass ejections; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Self-induced Scattering of Strahl Electrons in the Solar Wind

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 thresho ...

Verscharen, Daniel; Chandran, Benjamin; Jeong, Seong-Yeop; Salem, Chadi; Pulupa, Marc; Bale, Stuart;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab4c30

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; instabilities; parker solar probe; Physics - Geophysics; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; plasmas; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; turbulence; waves

The Long-standing Closure Crisis in Coronal Plasmas

Coronal and solar wind physics have long used plasma fluid models to motivate physical explanations of observations; the hypothesized model is introduced into a fluid simulation to see if observations are reproduced. This procedure is called Verification of Mechanism (VoM) modeling; it is contingent on the self consistency of the closure that made the simulation possible. Inner corona VoMs typically assume weak gradient Spitzer-Braginskii closures. Four prominent coronal VoMs in place for decades are shown to contradict t ...

Scudder, J.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab48e0

Astrophysical fluid dynamics; parker solar probe; Solar corona; Solar coronal heating; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Multiple-point Modeling the Parker Spiral Configuration of the Solar Wind Magnetic Field at the Solar Maximum of Solar Cycle 24

By assuming that the solar wind flow is spherically symmetric and that the flow speed becomes constant beyond some critical distance r = R 0 (neglecting solar gravitation and acceleration by high coronal temperature), the large-scale solar wind magnetic field lines are distorted into a Parker spiral configuration, which is usually simplified to an Archimedes spiral. Using magnetic field observations near Mercury, Venus, and Earth during solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24, we statistically surveyed the Parker spira ...

Chang, Qing; Xu, Xiaojun; Xu, Qi; Zhong, Jun; Xu, Jiaying; Wang, Jing; Zhang, Tielong;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab412a

parker solar probe; planets and satellites: magnetic fields; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: activity; Sun: magnetic fields

Reynolds Number and Intermittency in the Expanding Solar Wind: Predictions Based on Voyager Observations

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 R ...

Parashar, T.; Cuesta, M.; Matthaeus, W.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82

Heliosphere; interplanetary turbulence; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma astrophysics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Reynolds Number and Intermittency in the Expanding Solar Wind: Predictions Based on Voyager Observations

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 R ...

Parashar, T.; Cuesta, M.; Matthaeus, W.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab4a82

Heliosphere; interplanetary turbulence; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Plasma astrophysics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Space plasmas

Temperature Fluctuation at the Sun and Large-scale Electric Field in Solar Wind: A Challenge for the Parker Solar Probe Mission

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 i ...

Pavan, J.; Vi\~nas, A.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2fcd

Interplanetary particle acceleration; Kappa mechanism; Parallel field; parker solar probe; Solar coronal transients; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Thermodynamics of pure fast solar wind: radial evolution of the temperature\textendashspeed relationship in the inner heliosphereABSTRACT

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 sug ...

Perrone, Denise; Stansby, D; Horbury, T; Matteini, L;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1877

parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere

On the Fast Solar Wind Heating and Acceleration Processes: A Statistical Study Based on the UVCS Survey Data

The UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS) on board the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory has almost continuously observed, throughout the whole solar cycle 23, the UV solar corona. This work addresses the first-ever statistical analysis of the daily UVCS observations, performed in the O VI channel, of the northern polar coronal hole, between 1.5 and 3 R , during the period of low solar activity from 1996 April to 1997 December. The study is based on the investigation, at different heights, of the corr ...

Telloni, Daniele; Giordano, Silvio; Antonucci, Ester;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab3731

parker solar probe; Solar corona; Solar coronal heating; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; The Sun

On the Fast Solar Wind Heating and Acceleration Processes: A Statistical Study Based on the UVCS Survey Data

The UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS) on board the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory has almost continuously observed, throughout the whole solar cycle 23, the UV solar corona. This work addresses the first-ever statistical analysis of the daily UVCS observations, performed in the O VI channel, of the northern polar coronal hole, between 1.5 and 3 R , during the period of low solar activity from 1996 April to 1997 December. The study is based on the investigation, at different heights, of the corr ...

Telloni, Daniele; Giordano, Silvio; Antonucci, Ester;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab3731

parker solar probe; Solar corona; Solar coronal heating; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; The Sun

Single-spacecraft Identification of Flux Tubes and Current Sheets in the Solar Wind

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 d ...

Pecora, Francesco; Greco, Antonella; Hu, Qiang; Servidio, Sergio; Chasapis, Alexandros; Matthaeus, William;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab32d9

interplanetary turbulence; magnetic fields; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Predicting the Structure of the Solar Corona and Inner Heliosphere during Parker Solar Probe \textquoterights First Perihelion Pass

NASA\textquoterights 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\textquoterights photospheric magnetic field. Our model incorporates a wave-turbulence-driven model to heat the corona. He ...

Riley, Pete; Downs, Cooper; Linker, Jon; Mikic, Zoran; Lionello, Roberto; Caplan, Ronald;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab0ec3

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; magnetohydrodynamics: MHD; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere; Sun: magnetic fields; waves

Contextual Predictions for the Parker Solar Probe . I. Critical Surfaces and Regions

The solar corona and young solar wind may be characterized by critical surfaces\textemdashthe sonic, Alfv\ en, and first plasma-β unity surfaces\textemdashthat demarcate regions where the solar wind flow undergoes certain crucial transformations. Global numerical simulations and remote sensing observations offer a natural mode for the study of these surfaces at large scales, thus providing valuable context for the high-resolution in situ measurements expected from the recently launched Parker Solar Probe (PSP). The prese ...

Chhiber, Rohit; Usmanov, Arcadi; Matthaeus, William; Goldstein, Melvyn;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab0652

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; magnetohydrodynamics: MHD; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; turbulence

2018

On slow solar wind with high Alfv\ enicity: from composition and microphysics to spectral properties

Alfv\ enic fluctuations are very common features in the solar wind and are found especially within the main portion of fast-wind streams while the slow wind usually is less Alfv\ enic and more variable. In general, the fast and slow winds show many differences, which span from the large-scale structure to small-scale phenomena, including also a different turbulent behaviour. Recent studies, however, have shown that even the slow wind can sometimes be highly Alfv\ enic, with fluctuations as large as those of the fast wind. ...

textquoterightAmicis, Raffaella; Matteini, Lorenzo; Bruno, Roberto;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3329

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; methods: data analysis; parker solar probe; Physics - Data Analysis; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Statistics and Probability; turbulence

Magnetic Helicity Reversal in the Corona at Small Plasma Beta

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 ...

Bourdin, Philippe; Singh, Nishant; Brandenburg, Axel;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae97a

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; dynamo; magnetohydrodynamics: MHD; methods: numerical; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: magnetic fields

Prospective White-light Imaging and In Situ Measurements of Quiescent Large-scale Solar-wind Streams from the Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter

Deep-space exploration of the inner heliosphere is in an unprecedented golden age, with the recent and forthcoming launches of the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) and Solar Orbiter (SolO) missions, respectively. In order to both predict and understand the prospective observations by PSP and SolO, we perform forward MHD modeling of the 3D inner heliosphere at solar minimum, and synthesize the white-light (WL) emission that would result from Thomson scattering of sunlight from the coronal and heliospheric plasmas. Both solar rotat ...

Xiong, Ming; Davies, Jackie; Feng, Xueshang; Li, Bo; Yang, Liping; Xia, Lidong; Harrison, Richard; Hayashi, Keiji; Li, Huichao; Zhou, Yufen;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae978

magnetohydrodynamics: MHD; methods: numerical; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere

Generation of Inverted Heliospheric Magnetic Flux by Coronal Loop Opening and Slow Solar Wind Release

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 ...

Owens, Mathew; Lockwood, Mike; Barnard, Luke; MacNeil, Allan;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaee82

parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: activity; Sun: corona; Sun: magnetic fields

A New Inner Heliosphere Proton Parameter Dataset from the Helios Mission

In the near future, Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter will provide the first comprehensive in-situ measurements of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere since the Helios mission in the 1970s. We describe a reprocessing of the original Helios ion distribution functions to provide reliable and reproducible data to characterise the proton core population of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere. A systematic fitting of bi-Maxwellian distribution functions was performed to the raw Helios ion distribution function data ...

Stansby, David; Salem, Chadi; Matteini, Lorenzo; Horbury, Timothy;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Heliosphere; Inner heliosphere; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Solar wind protons

Spatial Expansion and Speeds of Type III Electron Beam Sources in the Solar Corona

A component of space weather, electron beams are routinely accelerated in the solar atmosphere and propagate through interplanetary space. Electron beams interact with Langmuir waves resulting in type III radio bursts. They expand along the trajectory and, using kinetic simulations, we explore the expansion as the electrons propagate away from the Sun. Specifically, we investigate the front, peak, and back of the electron beam in space from derived radio brightness temperatures of fundamental type III emission. The front ...

Reid, Hamish; Kontar, Eduard;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae5d4

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: flares; Sun: particle emission; Sun: radio radiation

Parametric Decay and the Origin of the Low-frequency Alfv\ enic Spectrum of the Solar Wind

The fast solar wind shows a wide spectrum of transverse magnetic and velocity field perturbations. These perturbations are strongly correlated in the sense of Alfv\ en waves propagating mostly outward, from the Sun to the interplanetary medium. They are likely to be fundamental to the acceleration and the heating of the solar wind. However, the precise origin of the broadband spectrum is unknown to date. Typical periods of chromospheric Alfv\ en waves are limited to a few minutes, and any longer period perturbations shoul ...

eville, Victor; Tenerani, Anna; Velli, Marco;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aadb8f

instabilities; magnetohydrodynamics: MHD; methods: numerical; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; waves

Simulated Encounters of the Parker Solar Probe with a Coronal-hole Jet

Solar coronal jets are small, transient, collimated ejections most easily observed in coronal holes (CHs). The upcoming Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission provides the first opportunity to encounter CH jets in situ near the Sun and examine their internal structure and dynamics. Using projected mission orbital parameters, we have simulated PSP encounters with a fully three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model of a CH jet. We find that three internal jet regions, featuring different wave modes and levels of compressibi ...

Roberts, Merrill; Uritsky, Vadim; DeVore, Richard; Karpen, Judith;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aadb41

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: activity; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere; Sun: magnetic fields

Short, large-amplitude speed enhancements in the near-Sunfast solar wind

We report the presence of intermittent, short discrete enhancements in plasma speed in the near-Sun high-speed solar wind. Lasting tens of seconds to minutes in spacecraft measurements at 0.3 au, speeds inside these enhancements can reach 1000 km s-1, corresponding to a kinetic energy up to twice that of the bulk high-speed solar wind. These events, which occur around 5 per cent of the time, are Alfv\ enic in nature with large magnetic field deflections and are the same temperature as the surrounding plasma, in ...

Horbury, T; Matteini, L; Stansby, D;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty953

parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona

Radial evolution of the solar wind in pure high-speed streams: HELIOS revised observations

Spacecraft observations have shown that the proton temperature in the solar wind falls off with radial distance more slowly than expected for an adiabatic prediction. Usually, previous studies have been focused on the evolution of the solar-wind plasma by using the bulk speed as an order parameter to discriminate different regimes. In contrast, here, we study the radial evolution of pure and homogeneous fast streams (i.e. well-defined streams of coronal-hole plasma that maintain their identity during several solar rotatio ...

Perrone, Denise; Stansby, D; Horbury, T; Matteini, L;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3348

parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere

Investigating the Effect of IMF Path Length on Pitch-angle Scattering of Strahl within 1 au

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 estimatin ...

Graham, G.; Rae, I.; Owen, C.; Walsh, A.;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaaf1b

parker solar probe; plasmas; scattering; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: heliosphere

Solar-wind predictions for the Parker Solar Probeorbit

Context. The Parker Solar Probe (PSP; formerly Solar Probe Plus) mission will be humanitys first in situ exploration of the solar corona with closest perihelia at 9.86 solar radii (R) distance to the Sun. It will help answer hitherto unresolved questions on the heating of the solar corona and the source and acceleration of the solar wind and solar energetic particles. The scope of this study is to model the solar-wind environment for PSPs unprecedented distances in its prime mission phase during the years 20 ...

Venzmer, M.; Bothmer, V.;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731831

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere

Solar-wind predictions for the Parker Solar Probeorbit

Context. The Parker Solar Probe (PSP; formerly Solar Probe Plus) mission will be humanitys first in situ exploration of the solar corona with closest perihelia at 9.86 solar radii (R) distance to the Sun. It will help answer hitherto unresolved questions on the heating of the solar corona and the source and acceleration of the solar wind and solar energetic particles. The scope of this study is to model the solar-wind environment for PSPs unprecedented distances in its prime mission phase during the years 20 ...

Venzmer, M.; Bothmer, V.;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731831

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere

Spectroscopic Measurements of the Ion Velocity Distribution at the Base of the Fast Solar Wind

In situ measurements of the fast solar wind reveal non-thermal distributions of electrons, protons, and minor ions extending from 0.3 au to the heliopause. The physical mechanisms responsible for these non-thermal properties and the location where these properties originate remain open questions. Here, we present spectroscopic evidence, from extreme ultraviolet spectroscopy, that the velocity distribution functions (VDFs) of minor ions are already non-Gaussian at the base of the fast solar wind in a coronal hole, at altit ...

Jeffrey, Natasha; Hahn, Michael; Savin, Daniel; Fletcher, Lyndsay;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aab08c

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; line: profiles; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; Sun: heliosphere; Sun: UV radiation; techniques: spectroscopic

Diagnosing solar wind origins using in situ measurements in the inner heliosphere

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 ...

Stansby, D; Horbury, T; Matteini, L;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2814

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; parker solar probe; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun:; Sun: heliosphere

2017

A Zone of Preferential Ion Heating Extends Tens of Solar Radii from the Sun

The extreme temperatures and nonthermal nature of the solar corona and solar wind arise from an unidentified physical mechanism that preferentially heats certain ion species relative to others. Spectroscopic indicators of unequal temperatures commence within a fraction of a solar radius above the surface of the Sun, but the outer reach of this mechanism has yet to be determined. Here we present an empirical procedure for combining interplanetary solar wind measurements and a modeled energy equation including Coulomb relax ...

Kasper, J.; Klein, K.; Weber, T.; Maksimovic, M.; Zaslavsky, A.; Bale, S.; Maruca, B.; Stevens, M.; Case, A.;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa84b1

acceleration of particles; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; magnetic fields; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; plasmas; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: corona; turbulence

Future space missions: the inner region of the Solar system

The paper deals with an overview of space missions to explore the inner region of the Solar System, the nearest on time of their launch, namely, Probe Plus, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, EXOMars, and InSight. Each of them will study either the Sun or the planet of the Earth group. Their launches are planned for 2018-2020. We describe briefly predestination and technical equipment of spacecrafts, flight plan and scientific goal of these missions.

Vasylenko, A.A.;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.15407/knit10.15407/knit2017.0310.15407/knit2017.03.073

Martian atmosphere; Martian surface; Mercury magnetic field; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind

Quasi-thermal noise spectroscopy: The art and the practice

Quasi-thermal noise spectroscopy is an efficient tool for measuring in situ macroscopic plasma properties in space, using a passive wave receiver at the ports of an electric antenna. This technique was pioneered on spinning spacecraft carrying very long dipole antennas in the interplanetary medium\textemdashlike ISEE-3 and Ulysses\textemdashwhose geometry approached a "theoretician\textquoterights dream." The technique has been extended to other instruments in various types of plasmas on board different spacecraft and wil ...

Meyer-Vernet, N.; Issautier, K.; Moncuquet, M.;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.1002/2017JA024449

electric antennas; magnetospheres; parker solar probe; plasma waves; radio receivers; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; velocity distributions

Langmuir wave electric fields induced by electron beams in the heliosphere

Solar electron beams responsible for type III radio emission generate Langmuir waves as they propagate out from the Sun. The Langmuir waves are observed via in situ electric field measurements. These Langmuir waves are not smoothly distributed but occur in discrete clumps, commonly attributed to the turbulent nature of the solar wind electron density. Exactly how the density turbulence modulates the Langmuir wave electric fields is understood only qualitatively. Using weak turbulence simulations, we investigate how solar ...

Reid, Hamish; Kontar, Eduard;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629697

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun: flares; Sun: heliosphere; Sun: magnetic fields; Sun: particle emission; Sun: radio radiation

2016

The Solar Probe Plus Mission: Humanity\textquoterights First Visit to Our Star

Solar Probe Plus (SPP) will be the first spacecraft to fly into the low solar corona. SPP\textquoterights main science goal is to determine the structure and dynamics of the Sun\textquoterights coronal magnetic field, understand how the solar corona and wind are heated and accelerated, and determine what processes accelerate energetic particles. Understanding these fundamental phenomena has been a top-priority science goal for over five decades, dating back to the 1958 Simpson Committee Report. The scale and concept of su ...

Fox, N.; Velli, M.; Bale, S.; Decker, R.; Driesman, A.; Howard, R.; Kasper, J.; Kinnison, J.; Kusterer, M.; Lario, D.; Lockwood, M.; McComas, D.; Raouafi, N.; Szabo, A.;

YEAR: 2016     DOI: 10.1007/s11214-015-0211-6

Corona; Heliophysics; NASA mission; Parker Data Used; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; SPP

Slow Solar Wind: Observations and Modeling

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 be ...

Abbo, L.; Ofman, L.; Antiochos, S.; Hansteen, V.; Harra, L.; Ko, Y.-K.; Lapenta, G.; Li, B.; Riley, P.; Strachan, L.; von Steiger, R.; Wang, Y.-M.;

YEAR: 2016     DOI: 10.1007/s11214-016-0264-1

Corona; Coronal streamers; MHD and kinetic models; parker solar probe; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Sun

MEASURING COLLISIONLESS DAMPING IN HELIOSPHERIC PLASMAS USING FIELD\textendashPARTICLE CORRELATIONS

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 distribut ...

Klein, K.; Howes, G.;

YEAR: 2016     DOI: 10.3847/2041-8205/826/2/L30

Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; parker solar probe; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; plasmas; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; turbulence; waves



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