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: Mondays, 12 PM

Place: Barnard Hall 258 (Dayton Conference Room) and Webex

Course: PHSX 594-013


Fall 2022

Date Discussion leader Article
August 29 Organizational Meeting
September 5 Labor Day
September 12
September 19 SumanTavabi, Zeighami & Heydari (2022). Dynamics of Explosive Events Observed by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. Solar Physics.
September 26 ChunmingParke Loyd et al. (2022). Constraining the Physical Properties of Stellar Coronal Mass Ejections with Coronal Dimming: Application to Far-ultraviolet Data of ϵ Eridani. ApJ.
October 3
October 10 PhilLow (submitted 2022). The Topological Nature of the Parker Magnetostatic Theorem. PoP.
October 17 ShaneMadjarska et al. (2022). Eruptions from coronal bright points: A spectroscopic view by IRIS of a mini-filament eruption, QSL reconnection, and reconnection-driven outflows. A&A.
October 24 CappyAyres, De Pontieu & Testa (2021). In the Trenches of the Solar-stellar Connection. IV. Solar Full-disk Scans of C II, Si IV, and Mg II by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. ApJ.
October 31 Halloween lunch!
November 7 Michael P.Yamasaki et al. (submitted 2022). A Data-constrained Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of the X1.0 Solar Flare of 2021 October 28. Submitted to ApJ.
November 14 RoyHeggland, De Pontieu & Hansteen (2009). Observational Signatures of Simulated Reconnection Events in the Solar Chromosphere and Transition Region. ApJ.
November 21 Fall Break
November 28 KeijiNóbrega-Siverio & Moreno-Insertis (2022). A 2D Model for Coronal Bright Points: Association with Spicules, UV Bursts, Surges, and EUV Coronal Jets. ApJ.
December 5 AkiBoe et al. (2022). The Solar Minimum Eclipse of 2019 July 2. II. The First Absolute Brightness Measurements and MHD Model Predictions of Fe X, XI, and XIV out to 3.4 R. ApJ.
December 12 Finals


Link to previously discussed publications

Suggested Articles

Altyntsev et al. (2022). Double peak quasi-periodic pulsations in a circular-ribbon flare. A&A.
Bale et al. (2021). A Solar Source of Alfvénic Magnetic Field Switchbacks: In Situ Remnants of Magnetic Funnels on Supergranulation Scales. ApJ.
Bian et al. Suppression of parallel transport in turbulent magnetized plasmas and its impact on non-thermal and thermal aspects of solar flares.
Boldyrev & Horaites (2019). Kinetic theory of the electron strahl in the solar wind. Monthly notices of the Royal Astro. Soc.
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
Davenport et al. (2019). The Evolutin of Flare Activity with Stellar Age. ApJ.
DeForest et al. Fading Coronal Structure and the Onset of Turbulence in the Young Solar Wind.
Einaudi et al. (2021). Energetics and 3D Structure of Elementary Events in Solar Coronal Heating. ApJ.
Escande et al. (2019). Relevant heating of the quiet solar corona by Alfven waves: a result of adiabaticity breakdown. Scientific Reports.
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).
Fuhrmeister et al. (2022). The high energy spectrum of Proxima Centauri simultaneously observed at X-ray and FUV wavelengths. A&A.
Hahn et al. (2022). Evidence for Parametric Decay Instability in the Lower Solar Atmosphere. ApJ.
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
Hazra & Nandy (2019). The origin of parity changes in the solar cycle. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astro. Soc.
Huang, Yi-Min and Bhattacharjee, A. Turbulent Magnetohydrodynamic Reconnection Mediated by the Plasmoid Instability
Jarboe et al, The nature and source of solar magnetic phenomena, Physics of Plasmas (2019).
Keika et al. Storm-time energetic oxygen enhancements due to acceleration of pre-existing warm oxygen in the inner magnetosphere. doi:10.1002/2016JA022384
Kellogg (2022). A Fundamental Instability for the Solar Wind. ApJ.
Kontar et al. Turbulent Kinetic Energy in the Energy Balance of a Solar Flare. Phys Rev Lett 118 155101 (2017).
Kontar et al. (2019). Determination of the Total Accelerated Electron Rate and Power Using Solar Flare Hard X-Ray Spectra. ApJ.
Kumar et al. (2022). Quasi-periodic Energy Release and Jets at the Base of Solar Coronal Plumes. ApJ.
Kuznetsov et al. Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Sources of Hard X-Ray Pulsations in Solar Flares. Solar Physics v291 (2016).
Li & Feng (2019). Characteristics of solar wind rotation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astro. Soc.
Li et al. (2016). Unraveling the excitation mechanisms of highly oblique lower band chorus waves. GRL.
Lindsey et al. (2020). Submerged Sources of Transient Acoustic Emission from Solar Flares. ApJL.
Magg et al. (2022). Observational constraints on the origin of the elements IV. Standard composition of the Sun. A&A.
Mann & Ozeke (2016). How quickly, how deeply, and how strongly can dynamical outer boundary conditions impact Van Allen radiation belt morphology? JGR Space Physics.
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.
Sadykov et al. (2019). Statistical Study of Chromospheric Evaporation in Impulsive Phase of Solar Flares
Şahin & Antolin (2022). Prevalence of Thermal Nonequilibrium over an Active Region. ApJL.
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.
Sanz-Forcada et al. (2019). Multi-wavelength variability of the young solar analog ɩ Horologii. X-ray cycle, star spots, flares, and UV emission. A&A.
Shetye et al. (2016). High-cadence observations of spicular-type events on the Sun. A&A.
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).
Toriumi et al. (2022). Universal Scaling Laws for Solar and Stellar Atmospheric Heating: Catalog of Power-law Index between Solar Activity Proxies and Various Spectral Irradiances. ApJS.
Upendran & Tripathi (2022). On the Formation of Solar Wind and Switchbacks, and Quiet Sun Heating. ApJ.
Youngblood et al. (2022). Intrinsic Lyα Profiles of High-velocity G, K, and M Dwarfs. ApJ.
Yu et al. (2022). Imaging and Spectroscopic Observations of the Dynamic Processes in Limb Solar Flares. ApJ.
Zhang et al. Direct Evidence of EMIC-Driven Electron Loss in Space Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121, 7, doi:10.1002/2016ja022521

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