SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2015 Number 14
Aimee Norton, editor
15 July 2015


RHESSI Science Nugget No. 257
Hugh Hudson
13 Jul 2015

“A two-ribbon white-light flare associated with a failed solar eruption,” by Xin CHENG. The new ONSET facility in Yunnan observes an interesting flare event.

See
sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/

for the original series, 2005-2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


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Sunspot Solar Observing Consortium.
R.T.James McAteer
13 Jul 2015

The Sunspot Solar Observing Consortium (SSOC) recently held a workshop in Sunspot to discuss the future of the Dunn Solar Telescope after NSO leaves the site in October 2017. The meeting consisted of scientific, instrumentation, and education partners interested in the future of the Sunspot site.

One of the important outcomes of the workshop was to develop an operations plan and proposed budget to communicate to the entire solar community. We propose to run the telescope in a ~40%-time synoptic mode with limited set up, ~40%-time available to PI-led projects, and ~20%-time maintenance and upgrades. The cost of such operations is about $100,000 per month. NSF has expressed a strong commitment to make a significant contribution, if a consortium can come up with at least 50% of the annual costs. In addition, NSF will also retain ownership and liability of the site, removing this burden from the consortium.

The SSOC is now searching for new consortium members at an annual $50,000-$100,000 level for a commitment of 3-5years. As a consortium member, each institute will be
- Allocated annual 2-4 weeks observing with all available instruments,
- Given access to the stabilized AO-light and optical benches for instrument development,
- Provided with a seat on the executive board, which includes determining the solar physics and space weather facets of the synoptic program at the DST,
- Apportioned membership on the time-allocation committee,
- Provided free accommodation at the telescope for PhD students on observing runs,
- Covered for 50% publication costs for papers led by PhD students resulting from an observing run,
- Assisted by observers at the telescope during an observing run,
- Given access to shared software for reducing and post-processing of the data.

Given the timescale for securing funding, cross-over training, and transfer of knowledge, we would like to now identity all possible routes for consortium funds. With such a consortium in place by the end of 2015, we can move forward so as to leave the SSOC with the best possible scientific observing site, with telescope and site maintenance and cross-over training (funding permitting). A consortium proposal would be submitted to NSF in Spring 2016 and the SSOC would begin management and operations in October 2017.

To meet this schedule, we would like new consortium members to be able to identify likely avenues of funding by December 31st, 2015.

We are now seeking new consortium partners, with an emphasis on attracting institutes who may be interested in preparing faculty or students for DKIST data, or who may be considering moving into ground-based instrumentation. If you have an interest in the scientific, instrumentation, or educational aspects of the SSOC, please send a brief statement of interest to mcateer@nmsu.edu

James McAteer,
On behalf of the SSOC


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Employment Opportunities

5-year research positions in Astrophysics in Portugal
Ilidio Lopes
14 Jul 2015

Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon, Portugal   Dear colleagues, The Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics (CENTRA) is accepting applications for 5-year research positions in Astrophysics for the forthcoming 2015 FCT call. The COSTAR/CENTRA group is looking for candidates in the topics of asteroseismology, stellar evolution, solar physics, observational astrophysics, observational cosmology, theoretical cosmology and particle physics (focus on dark matter and neutrinos). Candidates can apply for one of three types of grants, depending of their expertise and experience. If you are interested in applying in any of these research topics please contact Ilidio Lopes as soon as possible (see contact details below). CENTRA is part of the Department of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).  The Institute has been consistently the first Institution chosen by Portuguese undergraduates to pursue their careers in Science, Engineering and Technology. IST hosts the Portuguese largest scientific community in theoretical and experimental physics and related topics, participating in major international European collaborations including ESA, ESO and CERN. Presently, IST hosts 8 Research Institutes and 25 Research Centres. Our research center provides a highly supportive academic and scientific environment giving Ph.D. students and researchers the opportunity to develop a successful international scientific career.  Students and researchers that, following their academic experience, opt to follow a business path, can take advantage of the many links that IST has with the industry.                                                                 Best regards,                                                                                         Ilidio Lopes & Ana Mourão                                                   Contact: Ilidio Lopes (email):  ilidio.lopes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/team/?id=1650 CENTRA and COSTAR Websites: centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/ centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/network/costar/ FCT Website (call yet to be announced): www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/concursos/ FCT Website (regulation can be found in last year call): www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/investigador-fct/2014/


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Meeting Announcements

SH017: The Physics of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Throughout the Heliosphere
Qiang Hu
06 Jul 2015

AGU Fall Meeting Special Session SH017
(agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/preliminaryview.cgi/Session8763)

Session Description:
Magnetic flux ropes in the heliosphere are usually associated with large-scale magnetic cloud structures inside interplanetary coronal mass ejections (CMEs) behind traveling shocks. However, a less well understood second class of smaller-scale flux ropes were also identified in observations. It seems that these flux ropes arise mostly from turbulent reconnection in primary large-scale current sheets, the heliospheric current sheet (HCS), primary current sheets at the leading and trailing edges of CME structures, the Earth’s magnetopause and magnetotail, and heliopause. MHD simulations suggest that they should exist everywhere in the solar wind. Enhanced fluxes of energetic particles were detected recently in multiple small-scale flux ropes near the HCS, suggesting particles acceleration by multiple flux-rope dynamics as simulations predict. We solicit observational, theoretical, and simulation contributions that will shed light on the fundamental physics of flux ropes of all scales throughout the heliosphere including particle energization and other associated processes.

Primary Convener:  Jakobus Albertus le Roux, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States
Convener:  Qiang Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States

Cross-Listed:

  SA - SPA-Aeronomy
  SM - SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Index Terms:

7807 Charged particle motion and acceleration [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]
7835 Magnetic reconnection [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]
7839 Nonlinear phenomena [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]
7863 Turbulence [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]


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ISEST/MiniMax 2015 Workshop, México City, México, October 26 - 30, 2015; Second Announcement
Jie Zhang
07 Jul 2015

  The International Study of Earth-Affecting Solar Transients (ISEST)/MiniMax Workshop is aimed at bringing together scientists from different countries to interact and establish collaboration links that can effectively address the physical mechanisms of the origin, propagation, and Earth impact of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and other transient events. The ultimate goal is to develop the capability to predict the arrival of solar transients at Earth and their potential Space Weather consequences. ISEST/MiniMax is one of the four projects of SCOSTEP’s VarSITI program (2014-2018). The workshop coordinates international activity in observation, theory and modeling, and involves scientists from both developed and developing countries. The workshop also provides an online platform for research and educational opportunities for students. The workshop will have sessions relevant to the seven ISEST/MiniMax working groups: (1) data, (2) theory, (3) simulation, (4) event campaign, (5) Bs challenge, (6) Solar Energetic Particles, and (7) MiniMax campaign.

    If you are interested in attending this workshop in Mexico City, please register at cintli.geofisica.unam.mx/congreso by August 10, 2015 (registration fee will be collected on-site). You are also welcome to participate online through solar.gmu.edu/heliophysics/index.php/Main_Page A limited financial support is available to graduate students and young researchers. This support comprises only the local hotel cost and the registration fee. Please send an email along with your CV and tentative abstract to Alejandro Lara (alara.unam@gmail.com) before August 01, 2015 to apply for this financial support. The deadline of abstract submission is September 10, 2015

    SOC: Jie Zhang (Co-Chair, USA), Nat Gopalswamy (Co-Chair, USA), Manuela Temmer (Co-Chair, Austria), Ayumi Asai (Japan), Mario Bisi (UK), Kyungsuk Cho (South Korea), Peter Gallagher (Ireland), Manolis Georgoulis (Greece), Alejandro Lara (Mexico), Noé Lugaz (USA), Alexis Rouillard (France), Nandita Srivastava (India), Bojan Vršnak Croatia), Yu-Ming Wang (China), David Webb (USA) and Yuri Yermolaev (Russia)

    LOC: Alejandro Lara (Chair), Xochitl Blanco-Cano, Rogelio Caballero, Olivia Enríquez, Alberto Flandes, Primož Kajdič and Hector Pérez de Tejada


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Call for Abstract for AGU Fall Meeting Session SH007: Solar Activity in Cycle 24 and Beyond
Xudong Sun
07 Jul 2015

We invite you to submit an abstract to the following AGU Fall Meeting Session on solar cycle variation. The meeting will be held on December 14-18, 2015. The abstract deadline is Wednesday, August 5.

SH007 Solar Activity in Cycle 24 and Beyond: A Synergistic View from the Convection Zone to the Heliosphere
Conveners: Irina Kitiashvili, Xudong Sun, David Hathaway, Pete Riley

The solar activity in Cycle 24 which has passed its maximum shows a wide range of unusual phenomena and peculiar behavior, challenging current models and paradigms and inspiring hot debates about the future cycle. For instance, helioseismology data show a sudden absence of the polar branch of torsional oscillations, served as an indicator of the future cycle, the magnetic field shows an asymmetrical ‘flip-flop’ evolution, emerging magnetic flux and active regions are organized in compact clusters, while halo CMEs are more abundant than in the previous cycles indicating on global heliospheric changes. The goal of this session is to discuss the various aspects of the solar activity, inferred from the vast amount of space and ground-based observations, including statistical studies and individual events, models, simulations and interpretations, develop a synergy of our knowledge of the solar activity in this cycle, and consider potential implications for predicting the future activity.


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Fall AGU SH008: Flare/CME Coupling from the Corona to the Deep Solar Interior
Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
07 Jul 2015

Dear All,

We invite contributions to the session (ID#: 7960) “Flare/CME Coupling from the Corona to the Deep Solar Interior” at the Fall AGU in San Francisco, 14-18 December 2015.  Details on the session follow.

We would like to remind you that the abstract submission deadline is 5 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.

Abstracts can be submitted using the following link: agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/sh/papers/index.cgi?sessionid=7960

Best regards,

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros
Hugh S Hudson
Charles A Lindsey
Angelos Vourlidas

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Session ID#: 7960

Session Description:
Flares and CMEs are two spectacular manifestations of the explosive release of magnetic energy in the solar atmosphere. The released magnetic energy is transformed into kinetic (CMEs) and thermal energy, (flares), and into the injection and subsequent acceleration of particles. A zoo of wave phenomena accompanies these events and their analysis can provide a wealth of information about the solar atmosphere. The focus of the discussion is the manifestation of flare- and CME-induced waves from the corona to the solar interior and how multiwavelength observations (IRIS, SDO, RHESSI, Hinode, NoRH, OVSA) can help our understanding of the mechanics of momentum and energy transfer in the solar atmosphere.

Primary Convener: 
Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
Conveners: 
Hugh S Hudson, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States,
Charles A Lindsey, NorthWest Research Associates Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States and
Angelos Vourlidas, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Space Department, Laurel, MD, United States

Index Terms:

7509 Corona [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7513 Coronal mass ejections [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7519 Flares [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7522 Helioseismology [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]


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Second Announcement – CSPM 2015
Ivan Dorotovic
08 Jul 2015

The LOC of the CSPM-2015 would like to inform you that the second announcement of the meeting has been released: www.mat.uc.pt/~cspm2015/download/CSPM2015_sa.pdf The detailed scientific programme is also available at: www.mat.uc.pt/~cspm2015/programme.html For further information please visit www.mat.uc.pt/~cspm2015


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Abstracts invited for AGU Session SH001
Spiro Antiochos
08 Jul 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We invite contributions from the full Heliophysics community to the joint SH, SM, and SA session, SH001:

Scientific Aspects of Space Weather Forecasting

New satellite-based observations and physics-based models encompassing the solar corona to Earth’s upper atmosphere are advancing space weather science. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and Solar Dynamics Observatory missions are providing comprehensive measurements of the structure and dynamics of solar drivers, and the Van Allen Probes are measuring manifestations of space weather at Earth. Furthermore, the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission is expected to deliver new insights on magnetic reconnection, the most important physical process underlying space weather. Solar-heliosphere models now transitioned to operations are permitting 1-4 day advance warning of disturbances. Yet, enormous scientific challenges remain in understanding and forecasting space weather. We invite presentations covering fundamental science, modeling, and observations in the solar, heliosphere, magnetosphere and upper atmosphere domains. Talks addressing forecasting complex phenomena are welcome.

Conveners:  Tony Mannucci (JPL), Tamas Gombosi (U Michigan), Spiro Antiochos (NASA/GSFC)


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International Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22 - 27, 2016
Mike Wheatland
09 Jul 2015

International Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22 - 27, 2016

Abstract submission opening: 16 November 2015
Abstract submission closing: 18 January 2016
Conference website: chapman.agu.org/spacecurrents/

Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas. In the last decade, significant advances have been made in our understanding of fundamental processes related to such currents. To build up a comprehensive picture, this international Chapman Conference will address electric currents in various space plasmas, including:

The conference will provide a forum in which different space science communities can come together to discuss recent achievements of observational, theoretical, and modeling studies. The emphasis will be on cross-disciplinary science sessions, covering topics such as:

The science program committee includes:
Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)
Octav Marghitu (Institute for Space Sciences, Romania)
Michael Wheatland (University of Sydney, Australia)
Chris Arridge (Lancaster University, UK)
Fran Bagenal (University of Colorado, USA)
Brigitte Schmieder (Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France)
Iannis Dandouras (IRAP, France)
Eduard Dubinin (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)
Malcolm Dunlop (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK)
Catherine Johnson (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Kanya Kusano (STELab, Nagoya University, Japan)
Michael Liemohn (University of Michigan, USA)
Hermann Lühr (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Germany)
Igor Veselovsky (Moscow State University, Russia)
Masatoshi Yamauchi (Swedish Institute of Space Physics/Kiruna, Sweden)
Akimasa Yoshikawa (Kyushu University, Japan)

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2015 Sun–Climate Symposium, Nov. 10 – 13, Savannah, GA ** Abstracts due Aug. 7 **
Vanessa George
13 Jul 2015

2015 Sun–Climate Symposium:   
“Multi-Decadal Variability in Sun and Earth during the Space Era”
November 10 – 13, Savannah, GA

Abstracts Due:  Friday, August 7

Observations of the Sun and Earth from space have revolutionized our view and understanding about impacts of solar variability and anthropogenic forcing on Earth climate.  This symposium will convene climate scientists, solar physicists, and experimentalists for a better understanding of how Earth climate system changes and responds to solar variability.  The agenda consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations in eight sessions.

Please submit your abstract via email to Vanessa.George@lasp.colorado.edu by Friday, August 7.  For a detailed program and session description, abstract form, confirmed speaker listing, and logistical information visit our website:
lasp.colorado.edu/home/sorce/news-events/meetings/2015-sun-climate-symposium/

We have many great speakers lined up already and we would be pleased to have you join us!


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Multi-wavelength Studies of the Solar Atmosphere: Celebrating the Career of Costas Alissandrakis, Ioannina, Greece, 21-24 September 2015, Second Announcement & Extension of Abstract Submission and Registration Deadlines to 15th August 2015
Spiros Patsourakos
14 Jul 2015

This is the second announcement of the Conference “Multi-wavelength Studies of the Solar Atmosphere: Celebrating the Career of Costas Alissandrakis”
to be held in Ioannina, Greece, 21-24 September 2015.

The conference will focus on our understanding of the solar atmosphere through observations and modeling. Speakers will address the present state of knowledge of topics such as the quiet Sun, coronal/chromospheric heating, properties and measurements of solar magnetic fields, active regions, flares, coronal mass ejections, and shocks. Recent and forthcoming developments in instrumentation will also be discussed.

The conference will consist of invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. More details including registration, abstract submission, travel, and accommodation, as well as a list with the confirmed invited speakers, can be found on the conference’s web site:
solar15.uoi.gr

The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been extended to 15th August 2015.

For questions, please contact Alexander Nindos or Spiros Patsourakos (SOC/LOC co-chairs) through the conference’s email, solar15.conf@gmail.com

Alexander Nindos, Spiros Patsourakos (SOC/LOC co-chairs)


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US Solar Eclipse 2017 Portland Workshop 22-23 August 2015
Shadia Habbal
14 Jul 2015

US Solar Eclipse 2017 Portland Workshop 22-23 August 2015

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will sweep across the US continent for a 90-minute total duration. This eclipse will provide an unprecedented opportunity to conduct several important observations and unique public-outreach activities. We are a working group dedicated to the science and public outreach of this unique event.

The next Eclipse 2017 workshop will take place in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, 2015, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, hosted by the director Jim Todd. Saturday’s morning session will be open to the public at large, with presentations to inform the public about the total solar eclipse of 2017. The Saturday afternoon and Sunday sessions will follow a schedule similar to those at previous workshops with presentations alternating with smaller group discussions, and a final presentation of small group results.

Anyone interested and/or planning to attend should contact Shadia Habbal (eclipse2017@ifa.hawaii.edu) with information regarding your contribution in the form of a presentation or group discussion leader no later than July 31. A program will be posted at the end of July, once participant contributions are received.

For details and registration visit:
aas.org/education/outreach/eclipse-2017


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AGU special session on the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across the US
Shadia Habbal
14 Jul 2015

We would like to draw your attention to the special Fall AGU session #8622 entitled:

Unique science opportunities during the 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse

Session Description:
Total solar eclipses continue to provide unique opportunities for exploring the physical processes responsible for the evolution of the magnetized coronal plasma, the source regions of the solar wind, for cross-calibrating data in the visible and space-based extreme ultraviolet, and for testing novel concepts for future solar and heliospheric space-based explorations. The novel science outcomes gleaned from solar eclipse observations are now amply documented. The total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 offers ideal observing conditions, as the shadow band traverses an uninterrupted landmass from Oregon to South Carolina in approximately 90 minutes, lasting about 2 minutes at any location along the path. The event also offers unique opportunities for public science education. Contributions are sought from members of the solar and heliospheric communities to highlight and capitalize on this unique scientific opportunity.

Primary Section/Focus Group:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics

We encourage as many of you to submit abstracts for this session, as the 2017 eclipse is truly a unique scientific and outreach opportunity.

Conveners: Shadia Habbal, Enrico Landi and Matt Penn


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Hinode 9 International Science Meeting - Early Bird Registration Deadline
Mihalis Mathioudakis
14 Jul 2015

The early bird registration deadline for Hinode 9 has been extended to July 24 2015.

go.qub.ac.uk/hinode9


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