Montana State University

Heliophysics Journal Club

In this seminar, graduate student and faculty participants will review recent journal articles and preprints in order to familiarize themselves with the "state of the art" of the major observational and theoretical research topics of the discipline and the MSU research program. From time to time, "classic" papers of enduring value may be discussed. The typical weekly meeting will consist of a one-hour critical discussion of a journal article, copies of which will have been distributed to, and read by, all participants during the previous week. Each discussion will be informally led by a student or faculty member. Participants will be expected to contribute actively to all discussions, and to lead an occasional one on a rotating basis. When appropriate, these discussions will be replaced by an informal presentation of personal research results by MSU students, faculty, or scientific visitors.


Coordinator: Charles Kankelborg

Time: Thursdays 12:10 PM

Place: EPS/Barnard Hall 258 (Dayton Conference Room)

Course: PHSX 594-017


Spring 2019

Date Discussion leader Article
January 10 Organizational Meeting
January 17 Jon E.Leamon et. al. (2018). Termination of Solar Cycles and Correlated Tropospheric Variability. Submitted to JGR.
January 24 JakeKerr et. al. (2018). Si IV Resonance Line Emission During Solar Flares: Non-LTE, Non-equilibrium, Radiation Transfer Simulations. Accepted to ApJ.
January 31 MarikaGuglielmino et. al. (2018). IRIS Observations of Magnetic Interactions in the Solar Atmosphere between Preexisting and Emerging Magnetic Fields. I. Overall Evolution. ApJ.
February 7 RoyBrawshaw and Testa (2019). Quantifying The Influence Of Key Physical Processes On The Formation Of Emission Lines Observed By Iris: I. Non-Equilibrium Ionization And Density-Dependent Rates. Accepted to ApJ.
February 14 ReyannBowers et. al. (2018). A Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash inside the Eyewall of Hurricane Patricia. JGR.
February 21 ChunmingJeffery et al. (2018). The development of lower-atmosphere turbulence early in a solar flare, SciAdv
February 28 MikeMalaspina et al. (2018). A Census of Plasma Waves and Structures Associated With an Injection Front in the Inner Magnetosphere. JGR: Space Physics.
March 7 ArloGreeley et al. (2019). Quantifying the Contribution of Microbursts to Global Electron Loss in the Radiation Belts. JGR Space Physics.
March 14 John U.Johnson & Bradshaw (2019). A Fast and Accurate Method to Capture the Solar Corona/Transition Region Enthalpy Exchange. Accepted to ApJL.
March 21 Spring break
March 28 WillWeygand and Kivelson (2019). Jensen-Shannon Complexity Measurements in Solar Wind Magnetic Field Fluctuations. ApJ.
April 4 AlysaZhang et al. (2016). Chromospheric condensation and quasi-periodic pulsations in a circular-ribbon flare. ApJ.
April 11 SumanAntolin et al. (2018). In Situ Generation of Transverse Magnetohydrodynamic Waves from Colliding Flows in the Solar Corona. ApJL.
April 18 ShaneBerger et al. (1999) "What is Moss?" SolPhys.
April 25 AkiLin, C.Y. et al. (2016). Soft X-ray irradiance measured by the Solar Aspect Monitor on the Solar Dynamic Observatory Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment. JGR: Space Physics.
May 2 Finals


Link to previously discussed publications (Under construction)

Suggested Articles

Antolin et al. In Situ Generation of Transverse Magnetohydrodynamic Waves from Colliding Flows in the Solar Corona (2018)
Bian et al. Suppression of parallel transport in turbulent magnetized plasmas and its impact on non-thermal and thermal aspects of solar flares.
Bowerman, W. G. Residential mortgage loans and sun-spot numbers. Popular Astronomy 52, 123 (1944).
Boyd et al. Statistical properties of the radiation belt seed population. Journal of Geophysical research. doi:10.1002/2016JA022652
Burch et al. Electron-scale measurements of magnetic reconnection in space. Science, 352(6290)
Chen et al. Particle Acceleration by a Solar Flare Termination Shock
DeForest et al. Fading Coronal Structure and the Onset of Turbulence in the Young Solar Wind.
Fox et al. Experimental Verification of the Role of Electron Pressure in Fast Magnetic Reconnection with a Guide Field. Phys Rev Lett 118 125002 (2017).
Halsekas et al. Structure, dynamics, and seasonal variability of the Mars-solar wind interaction: MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer in-flight performance and science results. Space Physics 122, 1 (2017).
Hannah et al. The First X-ray Imaging Spectroscopy of Quiescent Solar Active Regions with NuSTAR
Huang, Yi-Min and Bhattacharjee, A. Turbulent Magnetohydrodynamic Reconnection Mediated by the Plasmoid Instability
Keika et al. Storm-time energetic oxygen enhancements due to acceleration of pre-existing warm oxygen in the inner magnetosphere. doi:10.1002/2016JA022384
Kontar et al. Turbulent Kinetic Energy in the Energy Balance of a Solar Flare. Phys Rev Lett 118 155101 (2017).
Kuznetsov et all. Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Sources of Hard X-Ray Pulsations in Solar Flares. Solar Physics v291 (2016).
Li et al. Unraveling the generation mechanisms of very oblique lower-band chorus waves, Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2016GL070386
Mann I.R. and L.G. Ozeke How quickly, how deeply, and how strongly can dynamical outer boundary conditions impact Van Allen radiation belt morphology? Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121, 6, doi:10.1002/2016ja022647.
Myers et al. A dynamic magnetic tension force as the cause of failed solar eruptions
Parenti et al. Spectroscopy of very hot plasma in non-flaring parts of a solar limb active region: spatial and temporal properties. ArXiv.
Phan, T. D. et al. Electron bulk heating in magnetic reconnection at Earth's magnetopause: Dependence on the inflow Alfvén speed and magnetic shear. GeoRL 40, 447-4480 (2013)
Phan, T. D. et al. Ion bulk heating in magnetic reconnection exhausts at Earth's magnetopause: Dependence on the inflow Alfvén speed and magnetic shear angle. GeoRL 41, 700-7010 (2014).
Pontin et al. Why Are Flare Ribbons Associated with the Spines of Mafnetic Null Points Generically Elongated?
Rappazzo et al. Coronal Heating Topology: The Interplay of Current Sheets and Magnetic Field Lines. ApJ 844 87 (2017).
Reep et al. Transition Region and Chromospheric Signatures of Impulsive Heating Events. II. Modeling
Reep, J. W. and Russell, A.J.B. Alfvenic Wave Heating of the Upper Chromosphere in Flares.
Reeves et al. Energy dependent dynamics of keV to MeV electrons in the inner zone, outer zone, and slot regions., Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121, 1, doi:10.1002/2015ja021569.
Saikin et al. The dependence on geomagnetic conditions and solar wind dynamic pressure of the spatial distributions of EMIC waves observed by the Van Allen Probes, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.10002/2016JA022523.
Shi et al. Survey of radiation belt energetic electron pitch angle distributions based on the Van Allen Probes MagEIS measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121, 2, doi:10.1002/2015ja021724.
Shimojo et al. Observing the Sun with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA): High-Resolution Interferometric Imaging. Solar Physics 292 87 (2017).
Srivastava et al. High-frequency torsional Alfvén waves as an energy source for coronal heating. Nature Scientific Reports 7 (2017).
Zhang et al. Direct Evidence of EMIC-Driven Electron Loss in Space Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121, 7, doi:10.1002/2016ja022521

Links to Journals

Bibliographic Links

Distribution List


  1. Acton, Loren
  2. Ashfield, Will
  3. Atwood, Shane
  4. Brannon, Sean
  5. Larkey, Reyann
  6. Longcope, Dana
  7. Panda, Suman
  8. Qiu, Jiong
  9. Smart, Roy
  10. Takeda, Aki
  11. Zhu, Chunming

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