NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release a Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for Heliophysics Science Missions of Opportunity (MO) by May 2018. The Heliophysics Division conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations in SMD's heliophysics programs under a not-to-exceed cost cap. Evaluation and selection for flight will nominally be made through a two-step competitive process. It is anticipated that two or more Heliophysics Science MO investigations will be selected for 9-month, $400K (RY) Phase A concept studies through this SALMON PEA. At the conclusion of these concept studies, it is planned that at least two Heliophysics Science MO investigations will be selected to continue into Phase B and subsequent mission phases. Multiple missions may be selected. The intent is that at least one of the two Heliophysics MOs will be selected for flight on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA).
Heliophysics Science investigations must address NASA's heliophysics science objectives as described in 2014 Science Plan for NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Our Dynamic Space Environment: Heliophysics Science and Technology Roadmap for 2014-2033. Consistent with these documents, investigations should focus on understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system, including space weather.
This opportunity will solicit Science Enhancement Options (SEOs) as part of the Concept Study Reports produced at the end of the Phase A concept studies; SEOs submitted as part of the Step-1 proposal will not be reviewed. SEOs are optional activities outside the scope of the baseline mission that have the potential to broaden the scientific impact of investigations.
Two types of Mission of Opportunity (MO) may be proposed in response to this solicitation: (1) Partner Missions of Opportunity (PMOs), which may include CubeSats, and (2) Small Complete Missions (SCMs). SCMs are ISS payloads, hosted payloads, shared rides, SmallSats (including CubeSats), or suborbital class (Super Pressure Balloon (SPB), Long Duration Balloon (LDB) or Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV)) investigations. SCMs may also be proposed for flight on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) that will go to the Sun-Earth L1 location. The ESPA is intended to be an unpowered, non-propulsive, 5-port ESPA Grande ring.
It is anticipated that the following classes of platforms will be provided by NASA for access to space, or near space:
Investigations will be cost capped, including all mission phases, reserves, and the cost of accommodation on and/or delivery to the host mission. The intended cost cap is as follows:
Release of Draft SALMON-3 PEA March 2018 (target)The Heliophysics Science SALMON-3 PEA will be based on the Standard PI-led Mission AO Template available at soma.larc.nasa.gov/standardao/sao_templates.html Proposers should read the Heliophysics Science SALMON-3 PEA carefully when it is released.
Release of final SALMON-3 PEA May 2018 (target)
Pre-proposal conference 2-3 weeks after final SALMON-3 PEA release
Proposals due 90 days after SALMON-3 PEA release
Selection for competitive Phase A studies January 2019 (target)
Concept study reports due December 2019 (target)
Down-selection June 2020 (target)
Launch readiness date NLT December 31, 2024
Further information will be posted on the Heliophysics Science MO Acquisition Page at soma.larc.nasa.gov/2018HelioMO/ as it becomes available. Questions may be addressed to Dr. James Spann, Heliophysics Science MO Lead Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC 20546; Email: email@example.com.
The Joint ALMA Observatory will release its Call for Proposals for Cycle 6 on 2018 March 20. Proposals will be due on 2018 April 19. Successful proposals will be announced at the end of 2018 July and Cycle 6 observations will begin in 2018 October.
Additional information and important links will be provided to the community with the release of the Call. We encourage members of the solar community to consider submitting an ALMA proposal.
If you wish to publish your contribution in this special issue, please start preparation of your paper. The submission starts on 1 September 2018.
Full description can be found on the Annales Geophysicae scheduled special issue website: www.annales-geophysicae.net/special_issues/schedule.html
We have a new Hinode/EIS nugget entitled ‘Spectroscopic Observations of Current Sheet Formation and Evolution’ by Harry Warren, David Brooks, Ignacio Ugarte-Urra, Jeffrey Reep, Nicholas Crump, and George Doschek.
The link to the nugget is here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/nuggets/nugget_2018mar.jsp
The archive of EIS nuggets is here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/eisnuggets.jsp
We welcome contributions from the community.
Hosted by the SETI Institute and NASA Ames in Mountain View, FDL brings together teams of experts in the physical sciences and specialists in data science and machine learning for an intense 8-week concentrated study on topics important to NASA – and to humanity’s future.
The format encourages rapid iteration and prototyping to create outputs with meaningful application, papers and conference posters. All participants are paid and provided accommodation and transport in Silicon Valley.
The 2018 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 25 – August 17, 2018.
Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 3rd of April, although we encourage you to apply sooner to ensure a place.
To learn more about FDL and submit your application, please visit the FDL website at www.frontierdevelopmentlab.org/#!/
Editors: Olga E. Malandraki (National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece) and Norma B. Crosby (Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium)
OPEN ACCESS of the e-Book is provided here: www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319600505 This book:
- Explains why it is important to understand the effects of solar energetic particles (SEPs) and be able to predict them from a modern society perspective
- Presents most recent state-of-the-art scientific results on SEPs
- Provides the reader with basic textbook type chapters on SEP origin, SEP acceleration and propagation, SEP interpretation, and SEP forecasting
- Can be used both as background course material to complement other textbook material, as well as a reference book for more senior scientists
Solar energetic particles (SEPs) emitted from the Sun are a major space weather hazard motivating the development of predictive capabilities. This book presents the results and findings of the HESPERIA (High Energy Solar Particle Events forecasting and Analysis) project of the EU HORIZON 2020 programme. It discusses the forecasting operational tools developed within the project, and presents progress to SEP research contributed by HESPERIA both from the observational as well as the SEP modelling perspective. Using multi-frequency observational data and simulations HESPERIA investigated the chain of processes from particle acceleration in the corona, particle transport in the magnetically complex corona and interplanetary space, to the detection near 1 AU. The book also elaborates on the unique software that has been constructed for inverting observations of relativistic SEPs to physical parameters that can be compared with space-borne measurements at lower energies.
Introductory and pedagogical material included in the book make it accessible to students at graduate level and will be useful as background material for Space Physics and Space Weather courses with emphasis on Solar Energetic Particle Event Forecasting and Analysis. This book is published with open access under a CC BY license.
Two positions for SPD committee member are being filled. The following four people are running: Adam Kobelski, Sarah Jaeggli, Dan Seaton, and Maria Kazachenko.
One position for SPD vice chair is being filled. Three people are running for this: Brian Welsch, Scott McIntosh, and Dale Gary.
The incumbent secretary (myself) will serve a second term as indicated on the ballot and if approved by the division. Thank you.
Please watch for further announcements from meeting organizers.
The committee would also like to thank retiring members Mark Miesch and Todd Hoeksema for their years of service and to welcome new members Andres Munoz-Jaramillo (chair) and Michael Kirk. Continuing members are Marc DeRosa and Kathy Reeves.
The UKSP Nuggets over Nov 2017 to Feb 2018 are
85. The role of the magnetic field in sunquakes
by Lucie Green, Gherardo Valori, Francesco Zuccarello, Sarah Matthews (MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull) and (Catania).
Magnetic lensing could determine the location of sunquakes.
86. Evidence of recurrent reconnection driving fan-shaped jets
by Aaron Reid, Mihalis Mathioudakis (QUB), Vasco Henriques (UiO), Tanmoy Samanta (Peking).
Photospheric activity drives chromospheric jets in a sunspot.
Application deadline: April 10, 2018
The space weather training will be presented by the NASA GSFC scientists (presenters include, but are not limited to, the CCMC staff). Tutorials will provide participants with a basic knowledge of space weather and forecasting, without going into detailed physics, and acquaint them with the applications of space weather.
While the training is geared to undergraduate students, it will be beneficial for anyone interested in broadening their space weather knowledge – graduate students, educators, scientists, engineers, mission operators, and competitive high school students.
The Bootcamp is free, however ALL housing and transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the bootcamp participant.
During the test the roll angle of SDO will vary from 0 to 180 degrees. Near-realtime images from SDO may appear with the incorrect position angle, similar to what happens during an instrument calibration. To ensure you have correctly aligned science data, please use the exported images from the JSOC or the SSW IDL routines aia_prep.pro and hmi_prep.pro. If you use other software for data analysis, make sure you properly account for the value of the CROTA2 when preparing the data.
The position is mainly for a study of solar physics and related instrumentation at Hida observatory, but this time the position is also available for a study of broader research subjects on the Sun. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the use of IDL or other similar data reduction and analysis package.
Current research in the Hida Observatory of Kyoto University has emphasis on the followings; (a) Study of solar MHD processes with spectroscopic and spectro-polarimetric observations using the 60cm Domeless Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (DST) combining with data from space solar missions (such as Hinode). (b) Observational study of space weather using the Solar Magnetic Activity Research Telescope (SMART) and the international ground-based solar observation network (CHAIN). (c) Instrument development for future ground and space missions.
The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to actively join (one of) these researches.
The position is available for one year, from July 1st of 2018 to the end of June 2019. There is the possibility of further offer of employment up to 3 years in total. The monthly salary is about 300,000 Japanese Yen.
Applicants should send their CV, publication list, and research plan, by e-mail to Prof. K. Shibata (firstname.lastname@example.org ). by 30 Apr, 2018. For further information, contact Professor Kazunari Shibata (email@example.com ).
Previous experience in Solar Physics is considered as an advantage. Scientists with experience in treatment of astrophysical partially ionized plasmas (interstellar medium, solar chromosphere, Earth’s ionosphere) are encouraged to apply.
Duration: the computer programmer contract is of 3 years duration; three other positions are of 3 years duration with possible extension for another 2 years (5 in total).
The starting date is 1st of September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applicants must be in possession of a PhD degree in Astrophysics, Physics or Informatics at the time of application deadline 14th of May (23:59h London time).
To apply please use the online application system, www.iac.es/jobs/research/ (links will be open soon).
For more information contact Elena Khomenko:
khomenko (at) iac.es
The selected candidate will carry out research on the following topics:
The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2018.
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.iac.es/info.php?op1=26&lang=en
Of particular interest are postdoctoral candidates who are interested in theoretical and computational studies of dynamics within solar and stellar interiors, photospheres, and atmospheres (chromospheres and coronae). Boulder is an internationally recognized center for studying convection, turbulence, radiative magnetohydrodynamics, and the dynamo amplification of magnetic fields in the Sun. The successful candidate will have access to extensive computational resources and existing modern, highly parallel astrophysical fluid dynamics codes, and could be involved in the creation of next generation codes for studying solar fluid dynamics. Connections between such modeling activities efforts and the observational capabilities of NSO’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, formerly ATST) and/or Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) will enhance an application, and the successful candidate is encouraged to forge those connections while in Boulder.
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity play a prominent role in the new George Ellery Hale collaborative graduate education program, which aims to offer solar physics course work and summer professional development to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology via telepresence technology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the program to develop capability and facilitate learning in this distributed environment. Thus candidates with a strong interest and experience in teaching and learning methodologies, in addition to those more focused on solar physics research goals, are encouraged to apply. Primary duties of a Hale postdoctoral fellow are in research, but the successful candidate may negotiate for a portion of their duties to be dedicated to teaching or service.
Details on the broader Hale program, including current fellows, can be found at www.halefellows.org
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted electronically to:
www.cu.edu/cu-careers, requisition ID #12519.
For more information please contact Prof. Benjamin Brown, Search Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of the applications will begin 2 April 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at www.cu.edu/pbs/
We are proud to introduce the following speakers:
Please keep in mind that the abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2018!
Topics that will be covered during the conference include:
The Solar Wind 15 Conference will take place at the Hotel Métropole, the renowned venue of the famous 1911 Solvay Conference (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvay_Conference#/media/File:1911_Solvay_conference.jpg), which kicked off modern physics. The hotel is located in the heart of Brussels, within walking distance of cultural and recreational activities. If you would like to book your room at the Métropole hotel, please fill out the booking form available on the meeting website and send it to email@example.com
On behalf of all the organizing team of Solar Wind 15, we are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels in June 2018 for a successful scientific meeting! Keep an eye on our website for further updates. A preliminary program will follow soon: kuleuvencongres.be/solarwind15/articles
The organizing committee
Here are several important announcements First, we are happy to announce science themes, invited speakers, and now splinter sessions for the Cool Stars 20 workshop, July 29 – Aug 3, 2018. These are listed on our website www.coolstars20.com
Second, we are now accepting abstract submissions for contributed talks and posters; the deadline for contributed talks is March 14, less than two weeks away. Fill out your abstract at: coolstars20.com/contributions.html
Poster abstracts will be accepted until June 15 or until we run out of space, which IS possible.
Registration will open in early March. The conference early registration fee is $475 until May 1st, and will increase after that (regular registration $550 until June 1st, and late registration $600 after June 18th). We will also offer one-day registration ($125 per day).
Lodging: Dorm rooms will be available for about $100 a night, we are working on the final contract and will update you and the website when they are ready to reserve.
We anticipate funding to provide support for students to attend Cool Stars 20. The deadline to apply is March 14. See coolstars20.com/registration.htmlfor details.
I would like to bring to your attention our coming workshop “Solar Energetic Particles, Solar Modulation and Space Radiation: New Opportunities in AMS-02 Era #3” in Washington DC from April 23 to 26, 2018.
We still have availability for talks please submit your abstract asap!
Topics covered: Solar Energetic Particle, Solar Observations, Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections, Solar Modulation of Galactic Cosmic Rays, Propagation inside the Heliosphere and in Earth’s Magnetosphere, space radiation, space weather and ...
April 23rd, the workshop will be held at the Embassy of Italy, located in Georgetown, at 3000 Witheheaven Street, Washington DC.
09:00am – 10:00am Registration, Coffee & Networking
10.00am – 12.00am: Talks
12.00am – 1.30pm: Lunch provided, included in the registration fee
01.30pm – 5.00pm: Talks
05.30pm – 8.00pm: Welcome Social Dinner & Networking, included in the registration fee
April 24 th, 25 th, and 26 th the workshop will be hosted at the Madison Hilton Hotel located at the 1177, 15th Street, Washington DC.
09:00am – 5:00 pm Talks with coffe and lunch breaks
You can find all the details about the workshop at: www.phys.hawaii.edu/ams02/pages/workshop.php
I hope to see you at the workshop!!!
Associate Professor, University of Hawaii
The 17th RHESSI Workshop ( rhessi17.lofar.ie/ ) will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, from June 18 – 23, 2018 (opening reception on Monday, June 18). The format will follow the highly successful model of previous workshops, with a mix of topical plenary sessions with invited talks and small working group meetings for more involved discussion. The summaries of the various working groups have been posted at rhessi17.lofar.ie/group-summaries/
Registration is now open at rhessi17.lofar.ie/registration/
We encourage all interested individuals to register before March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day !) and to submit a presentation abstract (on the registration page).
Note that hotel rooms are at a premium in Dublin during the summer, so please book early. There are rooms available on campus, which can be booked via the workshop website.
We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!
RHESSI Workshop Convenor
Proposals from first-time session planners and those under-represented in our field are especially welcome. Note that you must be a member of the American Geophysical Union to be the primary convener of a session.
Besides the traditional oral- and poster-session formats, you can organize a panel, have short-presentations, or organize an eLightning session. New this year is the opportunity to propose a Tutorial Talk.
The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting Session Proposal submission site is now open and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 18 April. To submit a proposal, go to fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/session-proposals
Before submitting your proposal, please check to see if a session on a similar theme has already been submitted. If so, consider contacting the other proposers to discuss a merger, or rework your session proposal to focus on a unique topic. Proposals with significant overlap may be merged or rejected, so please make sure your proposal is focused and unique. You can view existing submissions by clicking on the section name.
The registration fee includes one poster per person; this year, no additional posters are allowed.
To improve the realism of modeling active region flux emergence and work towards simulating realistic solar eruptive events, HAO is hosting a workshop focusing on model coupling and data driven numerical simulations. Significant progress has been made in recent years in both of these areas. Near surface layer radiation MHD simulations of active region formation driven by lower boundary condition of emerging flux from a solar convective dynamo simulation are able to model sunspot and active region formation with realistic properties of the observed solar active regions. Methods of using observed time sequences of vector magnetograms to drive simulations of realistic solar eruptive events in the corona are being explored and developed. This workshop will bring together modelers and observers working in these areas to review recent results, discuss methodologies and future directions. The following are some of the questions to be addressed:
We hope to have useful and effective discussions on these topics during the workshop. The format of the workshop will be informal oral presentations and open discussion sessions. All interested in this area of research are welcome to participate in this workshop and present their work. Some travel support is available for graduate student participants. Here is the workshop web page where registration, hotel reservation, and application for travel support are open at the following website: www2.hao.ucar.edu/Workshop/ModelCoupling-2018
The aim is to create a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on recent results regarding observations, data analysis and theoretical/numerical modelling of waves, oscillations, associated instabilities and seismology of the solar atmosphere. Emphasis is given to the exploitation of present and future facilities, instruments and observational bands; the development and application of modern data analysis methods; and confrontation with state of the art modelling.
A few review talks will introduce the relevant topics, highlighting recent progress and unresolved questions. Recent results will be covered by contributed talks and posters. Ample time will be available for discussions.
All researchers active in the field are welcome to attend. Graduate students and early-career postdocs are particularly encouraged to participate and present their research work.
June 1, 2018: Abstract submission closes
June 30, 2018: Notification of acceptance of contributions
July 15, 2018: Deadline for payment of the registration fee
August 1, 2018: Deadline for hotel reservation with special rates
Manuel Luna and Iñigo Arregui
On behalf of SOC
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