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


Fall 2018

Date Discussion leader Article
August 30 Organizational Meeting
September 6 MikeKurita et. al. (2018). Response of relativistic electron microbursts to the arrival of high speed solar wind streams and its relation to flux variation of trapped radiation belt electrons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123.
September 13 Roy Reep et. al. (2018) Efficient Calculation of Non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium Effects in Multithreaded Hydrodynamic Simulations of Solar Flares. Submitted to ApJ.
September 20 MarikaYang et. al. (2018) Observational Evidence of Magnetic Reconnection Associated with Magnetic Flux Cancellation. ApJ.
September 27 Rey Lyu et. al. (2018) Very High Frequency Radio Emissions Associated With the Production of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes. Geophysical Research Letters.
October 4 ArloQin et. al. (2018) Statistical Investigation of the Efficiency of EMIC Waves in Precipitating Relativistic Electrons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123.
October 11 Jake P. Judge et. al. (2017) Are all flare ribbons simply connected to the corona? ApJ.
October 18 John U.Polito et. al. (2018) Possible Signatures of a Termination Shock in the 2014 March 29 X-class Flare Observed by IRIS. ApJ.
October 25 ChunmingAucère et. al. (2018) The Coronal Monsoon: Thermal Nonequilibrium Revealed by Periodic Coronal Rain. ApJ.
November 1 AkiBaker et. al. (2018) Coronal Elemental Abundances in Solar Emerging Flux Regions. ApJ.
November 8 Dana Polito et. al. (2018) Broad Non-Gaussian Fe XXIV Line Profiles in the Impulsive Phase of the 2017 September 10 X8.3-class Flare Observed by Hinode/EIS. ApJ.
November 15 Shane Srivasatva et. al. (2017). High-frequency torsional Alfvén waves as an energy source for coronal heating. Nature.
November 22 Thanksgiving How to eat a lot of turkey
November 29 Alysa Harrington et. al. (2015). Calibrating and stabilizing spectropolarimeters with charge shuffling and daytime sky measurements. A&A.
December 6
December 13 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. Windsor, Austin
  12. Zhu, Chunming

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