SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2014 Number 19
Yuhong Fan, editor
01 October 2014


New RHESSI Science Nugget, No. 235
Hugh Hudson
15 Sep 2014

“Which detectors can I use to analyze this flare?” by Brian Dennis and Kim Tolbert. A new Browser feature helps to answer this question.

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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Announcing a new RHESSI Science Nugget, No. 236
Hugh Hudson
22 Sep 2014

“Energy goes up… but doesn’t come back down! Coronal heating?” by Brian Welsch.

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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RHESSI Nuggets in September
Hugh Hudson
29 Sep 2014

No. 237, “The Balmer continuum observed from IRIS!” by Petr Heinzel and Lucia Kleint. For the first time we have clear and direct observations of the Balmer continuum, from space.

No. 236, “Energy goes up… but doesn’t come back down! Coronal heating?” by Brian Welsch. The Poynting flux responsible for coronal heating may have been spotted.

No. 235, “Which detectors can I use to analyze this flare?” by Brian Dennis and Kim Tolbert. A new Browser feature helps to answer this question.

No. 234, “RHESSI resumes observations,” by Albert Shih and Sa"m Krucker. Back to normal, the anneal was a success.


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Announcing New HMI Science Nuggets #27-28
Junwei Zhao
29 Sep 2014

New HMI Science Nuggets are available featuring the following topics.

#27 “Anomalously Weak Convection on Large Scales in the Sun”, contributed by Shravan Hanasoge
hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=946

#28 “Sunspot moats versus supergranules”, contributed by Michal Švanda
hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=974


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Opportunity to host the National Solar Observatory SOLIS Facility
Frank Hill
30 Sep 2014

As part of the NSO restructuring and transition from its locations at Sunspot/Tucson to Boulder/Maui, the NSO will be relocating the Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) facility from Arizona to a new site in the late 2015-2016 time frame. We are thus soliciting expressions of interest in hosting the instrumentation.

Background: SOLIS comprises three instruments and associated infrastructure. The instruments are the Vector Spectromagnetograph (VSM), Full-Disk Patrol (FDP), and the Integrated Sunlight Spectrometer (ISS). The infrastructure consists of a mount carrying the VSM, FDP, and light feed for the ISS spectrograph; a shelter for the mount; and a temperature controlled converted storage container housing the ISS spectrograph and the control and data computers. The data products produced by SOLIS include full-disk line-of-site and vector magnetograms in the photosphere and chromosphere; full-disk intensity images in a variety of wavelengths, and integrated sun-as-a-star spectra in a number of wavelength bands. Further information can be found at this URL: solis.nso.edu/0/index.html

SOLIS first became operational in 2003, continuing the magnetogram data stream of the Kitt Peak Vacuum Telescope that started in 1974. Recently, SOLIS has been relocated from Kitt Peak to a temporary site in Tucson, (see www.nso.edu/node/984) where it will undergo upgrades and component replacements that will enhance its scientific capabilities and reliability. NSO is seeking to enter into a partnership with an organization that is willing and able to place SOLIS at a location with acceptable synoptic observing conditions over the next 10 to 15 years. The routine operation and maintenance of SOLIS will be primarily carried out by NSO personnel, and the data products will continue to be freely available to all users. In an arrangement similar to that of GONG, minimal on-site support of SOLIS by staff of the hosting organization may be required. This is an opportunity for an organization to participate in providing one of the most heavily used data sets to the solar and space weather communities. Interested parties should contact Frank Hill, NSO Associate Director for the Integrated Synoptic Program, at fhill@nso.edu to obtain further information and technical details of the system. It is expected that the selection of the SOLIS site will be made in the spring of 2015.


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Employment Opportunities

Charles H. Townes Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
Stuart Bale
16 Sep 2014

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Charles H. Townes Postdoctoral Fellowship in EXPERIMENTAL ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE PHYSICS. This fellowship is designed to allow recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research projects, in part by being granted Principal Investigator status at UC Berkeley for the duration of their fellowship. It is expected, however, that the recipient will work closely with one of the established experimental research groups at UC Berkeley, taking advantage of existing facilities and resources. Applicants are required to contact an SSL research group prior to submitting their application. The PI of the research group will partially sponsor the Fellowship. While the focus of the Townes Fellowship is primarily instrumental, strong observational components to the proposed research program are encouraged.

SSL has numerous facilities for instrument/hardware development, including a 2,000 square foot, 4-story High Bay Facility, dedicated lab space, and thermal and/or vacuum chambers. SSL has in-house electrical and mechanical engineers specializing in every aspect of design for spaceflight, skilled technicians, and a high-quality machine shop.

The fellowship is awarded for two years beginning in Fall 2015. A third year will be contingent on sufficient progress and funding availability. The annual salary is $67,000 at 100% time with an additional research fund of $10,000 per year. The applicant may request to have the full amount of the research funds ($20,000) at the beginning of the fellowship (e.g., if there are significant start-up funds for an instrumentation project), but this must be well justified in the research proposal.

Basic/minimum qualifications: Completion of all Ph.D. degree requirements except the dissertation. A Ph.D. or equivalent in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field is required by the start date.

Additional required qualifications: None

Preferred qualification: None

To apply, please go to the following link: aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00551 Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and an optional cover letter. Applicants should also provide contact information only for three references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html

Applications must be received by December 8, 2014. Please direct questions to zharris@berkeley.edu.


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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Plasma Physics West Virginia University
Paul Cassak
18 Sep 2014

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University invites applications for a faculty appointment in plasma physics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The preferred start date is August 16, 2015. Qualified candidates in any area of theoretical, computational, or observational plasma physics are encouraged to apply. The following research areas would complement existing experimental and theory strengths within the department: (1) low temperature plasma physics theory/simulation; (2) space or solar plasma physics theory/simulation or observation; (3) plasma medicine; and (4) high energy density physics theory/simulation.  Minimum requirements are a Ph.D., or equivalent, in physics or a related field with a commitment and ability to lead an independent research program and to excel in teaching physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will present a strong record of research productivity as evidenced by publication record and scientific collaborations and the potential to develop an externally funded, nationally competitive, research program. The WVU plasma physics program includes four Professors and three Research Professors. The research areas emphasized in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy (physics.wvu.edu) are astrophysics, condensed matter physics, physics education, and plasma physics. The department moved into a new facility with state-of-the-art research laboratories in 2012. On-campus shared computational facilities are available and WVU is on the Internet 2 high-speed backbone.

To apply, send (1) a cover letter addressed to the Plasma Physics Search Committee, (2) a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and relevant teaching experience, (3) a research plan for the next five years including an estimate of start-up costs, and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience. Send these documents in a single pdf file to plasmasearch@mail.wvu.edu with the subject line Plasma Search. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same electronic address. Review of applications will begin December 21, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.  The university is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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Tenure track faculty position at Univ. of Minnesota
Cynthia Cattell
19 Sep 2014

Faculty Position in Space Plasma Physics
University of Minnesota

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of Experimental Space Plasma Physics. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level. This position is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation for Faculty Development in the Space Sciences. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline and should have demonstrated the potential to conduct a vigorous and significant experimental research program as evidenced by their publication record and supporting letters from recognized leaders in the field. The ability to teach physics effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels is required.  The successful applicant will be joining a department with active programs in both experimental and theoretical space plasma physics. The experimental space physics group has played important roles in instrument development and/or scientific analysis of data from NASA and ESA funded projects including Ulysses, Polar, FAST, Wind, Cluster, and rocket flights. The group is currently involved in the Van Allen Probes Mission, STEREO, and Solar Probe Plus. Experimentalists in any field in space plasma physics are encouraged to apply. Applicants in Solar Physics, Heliospheric Physics, Planetary and Terrestrial Magnetospheric Physics, and Ionospheric Physics are of special interest. The successful applicant will be expected to play a leadership role in new programs involving spacecraft, Cube-Sats, sub-orbital rockets, or balloons. The starting date for the position is negotiable and could be as early as July 1, 2015.
Candidates for this position (Requisition # 193936) must go to employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=123909
and submit an application online. Application materials must include a cover letter, a current C.V. including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests, and a list of at least three references including complete addresses and contact information.

Candidates must arrange to have letters of reference (signed and on official letterhead) sent directly to spacephys14@physics.umn.edu as PDF files. Alternatively, letters of reference may be sent to

Professor Ronald Poling
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received before December 22, 2014. 

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


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Call for applications: IMPRS PhD Scholarships in Solar System Science in Göttingen, Germany / Deadline November 15, 2014
Sonja Schuh
30 Sep 2014

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen. Research at the MPS covers three main research areas: ”Sun and Heliosphere”, ”Solar and Stellar Interiors” and ”Planets and Comets”. Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD programme in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Research Campus. Successful applicants receive an attractive scholarship covering relocation support, housing and living expenses and are exempt from tuition fees.

The language of the structured graduate programme is English, with German language courses offered (optional). The programme includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, including a written Masters thesis (or a scientific publication), and must document a good command of the English language.

***  Applications may be submitted from October 1 through our online ***  application portal. Review of applications for a starting date ***  of September 2015 will begin on 15 November 2014.

To apply, please navigate to:

Solar System School www.solar-system-school.de Open PhD projects   www.mps.mpg.de/3698433/projects PhD applications   www.mps.mpg.de/1448604/application Applications 2014   www.mps.mpg.de/3773654/application2014

Dr. Sonja Schuh

<info@solar-system-school.de>

IMPRS Scientific Coordinator


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Meeting Announcements

RAS Discussion Meeting: The Dynamical Chromosphere, January 9th 2015
Ailsa Prise
25 Sep 2014

We are pleased to announce a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting, on 9th January 2015: The Dynamical Chromosphere and its Role in Energy Transfer through the Solar Atmosphere: Results from IRIS

This meeting will bring together researchers to discuss new results from IRIS: linking IRIS observations with those in the photosphere and corona, and using theory and simulations to advance our understanding of the energy transfer between these layers.

Invited talks will be given by Bart De Pontieu (Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory) and Mats Carlsson (University of Oslo).

Abstract submission deadline: 1st December 2014.
To submit an abstract, please email ailsa.prise.11@ucl.ac.uk

www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/solar/ras-chromosphere

Organisers: Louise Harra (MSSL, UCL), Alan Hood (University of St. Andrews), Ailsa Prise (MSSL, UCL)


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First Announcement: Solar Dynamo Frontiers: Helioseismology, 3D Modeling, and Data Assimilation
Mark Miesch
29 Sep 2014

June 9-12, 2015, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA

The last five years have seen substantial progress in our understanding of the solar dynamo, fueled by continuing advances in observations and modeling.  The Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument on SDO in particular has provided potentially transformative yet enigmatic insights into the internal dynamics of the solar convection zone that underlie the dynamo.  These include new limits on the amplitude of convective motions in the deep solar interior and new determinations of the subsurface meridional circulation.  Both results pose substantial challenges to current convection models and flux-transport solar dynamo models.

Despite these challenges, recent years have seen dramatic advances in solar dynamo modeling.  Convective dynamo simulations now exhibit magnetic self-organization of chaotic turbulent fields into cyclic mean fields that bear some similarity with solar cycle observations.  These operate significantly differently than Babcock-Leighton Flux-Transport dynamo models which are also becoming more sophisticated and realistic, some now moving to three dimensions.  Which of these paradigms applies to the Sun?  Answers may only come by bridging the gaps between the two by understanding how convective dynamos generate emerging magnetic flux structures. Meanwhile, growing research on data assimilation into solar dynamo models promises to provide a powerful new means to calibrate models, to identify model biases, to distinguish between competing models, and to potentially forecast future solar activity.

The time is ripe for a careful assessment of these new observational and modeling results and their implications for the solar dynamics and dynamo research.  This workshop will bring together observers, modelers, and theorists to determine which recent developments are most robust, to identify the most pressing and tractable challenges, and to suggest a path forward for further research. The format will include invited talks, contributed talks, and open discussion and participation will be open to the community.

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Mark Miesch (Chair, USA), Junwei Zhao (Co-Chair, USA), Allan Sacha Brun (France), Paul Charbonneau (Canada), Arnab Choudhuri (India), Mausumi Dikpati (USA), Rudi Komm (USA), Alexander Kosovichev (USA), Nagi Mansour (USA), Markus Roth (Germany)

For further information contact Mark Miesch (miesch@ucar.edu) or Junwei Zhao (junwei@sun.stanford.edu) or visit the web page at:

www2.hao.ucar.edu/Workshop/Solar-Dynamo-Frontiers


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Yuhong Fan
15 Jan 2014
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