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 2:10 PM

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

Course: PHSX 594-17


Spring 2017

Date Discussion leader Article
January 19 Organizational Meeting
January 26 Mike SHendry et al. Evidence of sub-MeV EMIC-driven electron precipitation. Accepted GRL (2017).
February 2 Jon EAschwanden et al. 25 Years of Self-Organized Criticality: Solar and Astrophysics. Space Science Reviews, Vol 198. 2016
February 9 Sarah PUgarte-Urra et al. Magnetic Flux Transport and the Long-Term Evolution of Solar Active Regions. ApJ 815 90 (2015).
February 16 MarikaZhong et al. Relativisitc Electrons Produced by Reconnecting Electric Fields in a Laser-Driven Bench-Top Solar Flare. ApJS 225 30 (2016)
February 23 Ying Lida Caosta et al. Data-driven Radiative Hydrodynamic Modeling of the 2014 Marth 29 X1.0 Solar Flare. ApJ 827, 38 (2016).
March 2 ArloLi et al. New Chorus Wave Properties Near the Equator from Van Allen Probes Wave Observations. GRl (2016)
March 9 Reyann JChamberlin, P.C. Measuring Solar Dopple Velocities in the He II 30.38 nm Emission Using the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE). Solar Physics 291, 6 (2016)
March 16 Spring Break
March 23 ChunmingPontin et al. Observable Signatures of Energy Release in Braided Coronal Loops. ApJ 837 108 (2017).
March 30 Kai YangWiegelmann et al. Magneto-static Modeling from SUNRISE/IMaX: Application to an Active Region Observed with SUNRISE II. ApJS 229 (2017).
April 6 Jake P Pontin et al. Observable Signatures of Energy Release in Braided Coronal Loops. ApJ 837 108 (2017).
April 13 John U Jeffrey, Fletcher and Labrosse. Non-Gaussian Velocity Distributions in Solar Flares from Extreme Ultraviolet Lines: A Possible Diagnostic of Ion Acceleration. ApJ 836 (2017).
April 20 Dana L
April 27 Roy S
May 4 Finals?


Link to previously discussed publications (Under construction)

Suggested Articles

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)
Chamberlin, Phillip. Measuring Solar Doppler Velocities in the He II 30.38 nm Emission Using the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE)
Chen et al. Particle Acceleration by a Solar Flare Termination Shock
Cunnyngham et al. Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun's Surface PRL 118 051102 (2017).
DeForest et al. Fading Coronal Structure and the Onset of Turbulence in the Young Solar Wind.
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
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.
Milligan,R & Chamberlin, P. The Temporal Behaviour of Ly alpha Emission During Solar Flares From SDO/EVE.
Myers et al. A dynamic magnetic tension force as the cause of failed solar eruptions
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?
Reep et al. Xray Source Heights in a Solar Flare: Thick target versus Thermal Conduction Front Heating
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.
Viall, N.M. & Klimchuk, J.A. Signatures of Steady Heating in Time Lag Analysis of Coronal Emission. Accepted to ApJ July 5 2016
Wang et al. Evidence of Thermal Conduction Suppression in a Solar Flaring Loop by Coronal seismology of Slow-mode Waves
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. Atwood, Shane
  3. Brannon, Sean
  4. Longcope, Dana
  5. Pearce, Sarah
  6. Qiu, Jiong
  7. Rust, Tom
  8. Takeda, Aki
  9. Unverferth, John

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