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 12:00 PM

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

Course: PHSX 594-017


Spring 2018

Date Discussion leader Article
January 11 Organizational Meeting
January 25 Room Occupied
February 1 Jon EAgrawal et al. Transport off internetwork magnetic flux elements in the solar photosphere. submitted ApJ.
February 8 Jake PRouppe van der Voort et al. Intermittent Reconnection and Plasmoids in UV Bursts in the Low Solar Atmosphere. ApJL 851 L6 (2017).
February 15 DanaReep et al. A Hydrodynamic Model of Alfvénic Wave Heating in a Coronal Loop and Its Chromospheric Footpoints. ApJ 853, 101 (2018).
February 22 ArloBlum et al. EMIC wave scale size in the inner magnetosphere: Observations from the dual Van Allen Probes. GRL 2017 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL072316
March 1 John UWarren et al. Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution. ApJ 854 122 (2018).
March 8 ReyannLyu et al. Ground detection of terrestrial gamma ray flashes from distant radio signals. GRL 2016 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL070154
March 15 Spring Break
March 22 WensiChintzoglou et al. Magnetic Flux Rope Shredding By a Hyperbolic Flux Tube: The Detrimental Effects of Magnetic Topology on Solar Eruptions. ApJ 843:93 (2017).
March 29 Marika Ugarte-Urra et al. Modeling Coronal Response in Decaying Active Regions with Magnetic Flux Transport and Steady Heating ApJ 846:2 (2017).
April 5 ChunmingTian and Chen. Multi=eipsode Chromospheric Evaporation Observed in a Solar Flare. ApJ 856 1 (2018).
April 12 John SXu et al. On the Effects of Bremsstrahlung Radiation During Energetic Electron Precipitation. GRL (2018). DOI:10.1002/2017GL076510
April 19 AlysaCunnyngham et al. Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun's Surface. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 051102 (2017).
April 26 RoyTian et al. Magnetic Reconnection at the Earliest Stage of Solar Flux Emergence. ApJ 854 174 (2018).


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)
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.
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. Atwood, Shane
  3. Brannon, Sean
  4. Derks, Alysa
  5. Larkey, Reyann
  6. Longcope, Dana
  7. McCarthy, Marika
  8. Qiu, Jiong
  9. Smart, Roy
  10. Takeda, Aki
  11. Wang, Wensi
  12. Zhu, Chunming

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