A new Hinode/EIS Nugget entitled ‘Plasma Diagnostics Prior to CMEs’ by Petros Syntelis is now available at: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/nuggets/nugget_2016nov.jsp The EIS nugget archive is available here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/eisnuggets.jsp
We welcome contributions from the community.
Dr. Deb Baker
Original contributions and review papers related to the MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere are solicited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research.
This thematic issue is focused on studies of the various MHD wave processes in the solar interior and exterior. It is expected that the published articles will provide new insight on the mechanisms of excitation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, their role in triggering localized energetic events and the energy and momentum transport from photosphere to chromosphere and further to the solar corona. Articles on magnetic fields modeling, current development of the models to replicate the impulsive heating of the solar chromosphere, and repetitive magnetic reconnections processes are also welcome.
The manuscript submission site is at ees.elsevier.com/asr/ (Advances in Space Research). Please select “Waves in Solar Atmosphere” in the special issue drop-down for article type. Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by a minimum of two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2017. Papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures in the electronic version. The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier web site at www.journals.elsevier.com/advances-in-space-research/
Dr. Viktor Fedun (email@example.com) and Dr. Abhishek K. Srivastava (firstname.lastname@example.org) are the Guest Editors for this special issue.
Questions can be directed to Drs. Fedun or Srivastava or to the ASR Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (email@example.com).
The full workshop report for the 2016 Quo Vadis Workshop is now available online at www2.hao.ucar.edu/events/GeospaceFrontier2016
The workshop organizing committee thanks all those that participated in the workshop and looks forward to further developments in this exciting project.
David Hysell, Scott McIntosh, Josh Semeter, Jeff Thayer, Mike Wiltberger
The National Solar Observatory is looking for five Research Area Team Leaders to run Critical Science Plan Development Workshops during the calendar years 2017 and 2018. Each Team Leader will be responsible for a single one-off workshop or a two workshop series (depending on needs outlined in the proposal) in one of five Research Areas:
These Research Areas mirror the current Critical Science Plan structure, but should not be considered restrictive. They broadly define DKIST science goals, but proposals that describe goals beyond their range are welcome.
The DKIST Critical Science Plan (CSP) is being be formulated around a set of Science Use Cases (see dkist.nso.edu/CSP). These, after being converted into Observing Proposals, will provide the basis for some of the first PI led science observations to be made with the DKIST telescope. Thus the DKIST CSP will define both the early science to be done and the means by which it is to be achieved. The purpose of the workshops in this call is to define critical DKIST science objectives and cast them in the form of PI led Science Use Cases with sufficient detail that they can be ready converted into Observing Proposals. Closing the loop, the NSO plans to support data processing and analysis activities during early operations to facilitate data usage by the PI led Science Use Case teams. This will include a visiting program for the Research Area Team Leader and students for in-residence activity at NSO headquarters in Boulder.
The workshops can be proposed in one of two organizational formats: a single one-off three-day workshop or a series of two two-day workshops. In either case the aim is to submit upon workshop completion a set of (10 – 30 minimum) finished PI led Science Use Cases that outline the scientific motivation, instrument suite, and observing strategies to be employed. The Science Use Cases submitted should provide a level of specificity that allows, beyond the workshops proper, ready conversion into Observing Proposals. The workshop proposal must specify how the workshop format will serve to meet this goal.
If you are interested in leading a Critical Science Plan Development Workshop, please send a workshop proposal by 1 February 2016 to DKISTCSP@nso.edu. The proposal should include the following elements:
1. The Research Area of Interest and a brief description of the scientific focus of the workshops proposed
2. The organizational structure of the workshop(s) and how it will serve to meet the Science Use Case submission goal
3. The host institution for the workshop (must be US university campus locale, unless a partnership providing matching resources is identified) – a list of some willing US university partners will be made available by request (email DKISTCSP@nso.edu)
4. Membership of the Science Organizing Committee and the Local Organizing Committee chair
5. List of possible participants in the workshops (12 – 15)
6. Strawman list of possible Science Use Cases under the proposed Research Area
7. Discussion of how to incorporate Science Use Cases already submitted to the DKIST CSP into the broader team effort (see dkist.nso.edu/CSP for general CSP description and the password protected site nso-atst.atlassian.net/ for a full view of Science Use Cases currently submitted, new users should request a password from DKISTCSP@nso.edu)
8. Plan for student workshop participation, and external resources available for student support
9. Plan for Research Area Team Leader and student in-residence activity at NSO headquarters
10. Budget needed to support travel (domestic only), accommodation, and workshop costs (NSO budget limit per proposal is $25K excluding matching funds).
11. Special budgetary considerations or needs
For more information or clarification, please contact DKISTCSP@nso.edu.
The National Solar Observatory intends to fund a series of DKIST Critical Science Plan (CSP) Workshops at US Universities. The call for workshop organizers is advertised separately in this Solar News issue. Here we request expressions of interest from partners at US universities willing to host these CSP Workshops. NSO will provide resources for the CSP Workshops to the workshop organizers (as advertised separately), and these should cover any expenses that the host institute incurs (excluding pre-arranged cost sharing). Solar researchers willing to host one or more of these workshops are requested to express their interest by sending an e-mail to DKISTCSP@nso.edu. The list of willing partners will be made available to workshop proposers.
The Automated Flare Inference of Oscillations (AFINO) code is a new tool developed in order to search for signatures consistent with quasi-periodic pulsations (QPP) in solar flare emission. AFINO uses a model comparison approach to analyse the Fourier power spectra of solar flares in the GOES 1 – 8A X-ray range. The aim is to provide a reference catalogue of solar flares with potential pulsation signatures to the wider solar community. The methodology used by AFINO is described in detail in two published works: Inglis et al., ApJ, 798, 108 (2015) (iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/798/2/108/meta), and Inglis et al, ApJ, accepted, (2016) (arxiv.org/abs/1610.07454).
To date, AFINO has already analysed the 1-8A data for every GOES flare >M1 class since early 2011, and is updated automatically whenever a new GOES X-ray flare of M or X class occurs. The AFINO catalogue has been made available online at this site: hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/afino/afino_catalogue
It is also available through the RHESSI ‘Sun Now’ page here: hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/rhessi3/data/solar-data-browsing/index.html
The catalogue includes summary plots for each event and appropriate links to each flare on Helioviewer. Future updates are planned, including the online release of the underlying code. Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) and University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) are seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Solar Physics. The appointment will be shared equally between the two organizations and aims to strengthen academic and research ties between CU’s Departments of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Physics, and Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the NSO’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) efforts. Of particular interest are candidates with research interests in the dynamics, magnetism, and connectivity of the solar photosphere, chromosphere and corona with broader links to Stellar Astrophysics or Space Physics. Possible scientific foci include: instrument development for next generation ground based observations which complement space based efforts; spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry, with emphasis on inversion and data interpretation; magnetism on fine scales, with focus on turbulent convection, dynamo, and plasma processes; coronal physics or solar wind dynamics, with links to space weather applications; and data mining and novel approaches to data interrogation aimed at exploiting the scientific content of very large data sets. Appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level, though higher-level appointment may be considered, jointly as an NSO scientist and tenure track University of Colorado faculty in the department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Physics, or Aerospace Engineering Sciences, according to the area of interest and expertise. Applicants should hold a PhD in physics, astrophysics or a related field, and have research and teaching experience commensurate with the appointment level. A minimum one year of teaching experience is recommended for the Assistant Professor entry level but may have been obtained during doctoral studies. Duties include teaching courses from the curriculum of the selected Department to undergraduate and graduate students. The construction of the DKIST and the relocation of the NSO headquarters to the Boulder campus provide a unique opportunity in solar physics. The DKIST will achieve unprecedented high-resolution observations of solar photospheric, chromospheric, and coronal magnetic fields, and the University of Colorado Boulder and surrounding research institutions will provide a rich teaching and research environment within which to embed NSO activities. Within this context, the candidate will be expected to pursue an innovative program of research and graduate and undergraduate education. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We particularly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short descriptions of their research and teaching interests and plans, and request that three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf. These materials should be submitted electronically to: www.cu.edu/cu-careers, click on Search for Career Opportunities and introduce job # 07407. For more information please contact Valentin M Pillet, Search Committee Chair, (303) 735 - 7365, email@example.com. Review of the applications will begin January 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
The Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) invites applications for a PhD student position in Heliophysics. The student will work on the interdisciplinary project “Machine Learning based Analytics for Big Data in Astronomy” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This project is a collaboration between FHNW and the University of Geneva with the goal of developing, implementing, and using methods to analyze large (Terabyte) astronomy data sets. The PhD student will work on the data analysis of solar UV flare data from IRIS, NASA’s newest solar satellite. He/She will make use of the methods developed by the partner institute to efficiently extract the relevant data from the large set of observations to investigate the science of solar flares. The PhD student will learn about solar flares, spectroscopy, data analysis, machine learning, and programming. While the student will be employed through FHNW and will be based at the FHNW campus in Windisch, the PhD title will be awarded from the renowned University of Geneva.
FHNW hosts a lively group of a dozen scientists and engineers and two other PhD students focusing on solar flare research. The institute is currently building the STIX X-ray telescope to be flown onboard ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission and is also involved in cubesat projects.
The length of a PhD is typically 3-4 years. The starting salary is ~55000 SFr., which amounts to a net salary of approximately ~3700 SFr./month (variable depending on place of residence and personal circumstances). Support for conferences and collaborations, as well as potential telescope observing is available.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with (or obtaining soon) a MSc in physics or astronomy. Knowledge of programming, astronomy, and/or handling of large data would be beneficial.
The selection of candidates will start after December 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable, preferably around March 1, 2017. Applications shall include a CV, a 1-page statement explaining the motivation for the application, a copy of BSc and MSc transcripts of courses and grades (scans of official transcripts are sufficient) and if available, a link to the Master’s thesis. Two letters of recommendation shall be sent before the application deadline directly by the referees to Lucia Kleint and Sam Krucker.
For information about the graduate program at the University of Geneva please contact:
• Prof. Dr. Slava Voloshynovskiy
Registration is open. visit our web page: spg.iaa.es/solo2017/
The Solar Orbiter mission will bring the community an excellent opportunity for doing unique science that embraces most solar topics from the interior up to the heliosphere employing novel vantage points. The combined use of results from its four in-situ and six remote-sensing instruments will provide an unprecedented view of the Sun and the interplanetary medium. Aimed at discussing most of these topics, the 7th Solar Orbiter Workshop entitled “Exploring the solar environs” will be held in Granada, Spain, from the 3rd through the 6th of April, 2017. Overviews, prospects, and new science about the solar interior, the photospheric structure, dynamics, and magnetic fields, the chromosphere, the corona, the solar wind, and the heliospheric magnetic fields and particles are scheduled. Synergies with other missions and ground-based observatories will also be covered. Theoreticians, observers, and instrumentalist astronomers are encouraged to attend.
We would like to draw your attention to the session ‘Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas - Focus on Solar Plasmas’ (session ST1.5, Programme Group ‘ST – Solar-Terrestrial Sciences’) to be held during the upcoming General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (Vienna, Austria, 23– 28 April 2017).
This session will be devoted to all aspects of theoretical plasma physics and computer simulation applied to any aspect of space science. Each year a focus area is identified without precluding other areas. This year the topic of special attention is solar plasmas.
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET. An Abstract Processing Charge (APC) of €40.00 gross must be paid for each abstract submission.
Possibilities of financial support are available for Early Career Scientists, as well as for Established Scientists from low, lower middle, and upper middle income countries. Requests for financial support must be submitted, together with an abstract, by 1 December 2016.
General information on the General Assembly, in particular instructions for submitting abstracts and requests for financial support, is available at the address www.egu2017.eu/
Identification of the session : Programme Group ‘ST – Solar-Terrestrial Sciences’, Session ST1.5
We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the following “Space Weather and Space Climate” session at the EGU 2017 meeting in Vienna (23 – 28 April 2017): “The Use of Observations and Models to Improvie Space Weather Forecasting Capabilities“ (ST4.2)
Severe space weather events can significantly impact human technology on the ground and in near-Earth space. Huge eruptions of plasma and magnetic field, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), often co-occur with solar flares and can cause problems for a wide variety of industries, such as satellites, radio communications and electricity networks. Solar flares and CMEs also accelerate solar energetic particles (SEPs), which in turn can harm electronics and be a significant radiation hazard to humans outside of the protective shield of the atmosphere. There is significant interest from end users in government and industry to improve the current forecasting methods of these events to mitigate against such risks. Spacecraft observations can be used to forecast when a CME might erupt, track the CME through the heliosphere, to predict the solar wind from another location in space, or to directly probe the different structures and their properties via in situ measurements. Alternatively, models can be developed to simulate solar magnetic fields, to predict where a CME might pass through the heliosphere, and to model its shape and its influence on the magnetosphere. We invite abstracts on both observations and modelling of space weather hazards, including CMEs, the solar wind, co-rotating interaction regions, solar flares, and SEPs. Abstracts are also very welcome regarding forecasting the impacts of space weather on the Earth system.
Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 (Note: Financial application w/ abstract, Deadline: 1 December 2016)
Abstract submission link at: egu2017.eu/home.html
The session conveners: Simon Thomas (Reading University, UK), Sophie Murray (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Miho Janvier (IAS, France), Alexis Rouillard (IRAP, France)
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