SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 12

The Electronic Newsletter of theSolar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 12

Aimee Norton, editor
15 June 2016

Solar Physics – Topical Issue on “Earth-affecting Solar Transients”: Second Call, SOI due on June 15

Jie Zhang
01 Jun 2016

We solicit research articles on the subject of Earth-affecting Solar Transients. In the past decade, nearly continuous observations of the Sun and the inner heliosphere with an unprecedented wide spatial coverage from a fleet of spacecraft, including STEREO Ahead/Behind, SDO, SOHO, Messenger, Venus Express, ACE and WIND, in combination with a significant advancement of global MHD numerical simulation and theoretical analysis, have greatly improved our understanding of solar transients and the prediction of their potential impact on Earth. Recently, the ISEST (International Study of Earth-affecting Solar Transients) Program was launched to bring together scientists across many countries to join efforts on addressing this problem. The event catalogs, data and information used during the past three ISEST workshops can be found at The ISEST is one of the four projects of the VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact) Program, sponsored by SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics) for the period 2014 – 2018.

Earth-affecting solar transients encompass a broad range of phenomena, including major solar flares, CMEs, ICMEs, solar energetic particle events, and co-rotating interaction regions. We solicit research articles that address, but are not limited to, the following questions: (1) how do various geo-effective phenomena originate? (2) how do they propagate and evolve in the inner heliosphere? (3) how can we reconcile in-situ and remote-sensing data on the transients? (4) how can we predict the probability of arrival, time of arrival, and geo-effectiveness of these phenomena? (5) what kind of solar wind transients are geoeffective and why? Articles on observational, numerical, and theoretical studies are all welcome. We particularly encourage results on campaign events listed in the ISEST website. This Topical Issue is not a conference proceedings volume and is not limited to research presented at the ISEST workshops. All submissions must be original papers that meet the quality and peer-review standards of Solar Physics.

The deadline for the Statement of Interest (SOI) is 15 June 2016, and the deadline for manuscript submission is 15 September 2016. Please submit the SOI (i.e., title, authors, a short abstract, and three potential referees) to Jie Zhang at Solar Physics — … …”>[email protected]).

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NASA – How to Submit a Helio Press Release Request

Sabrina Savage
08 Jun 2016

The NASA Headquarters Heliophysics public relations office has created a great webform for you to easily submit exceptional helio research results for a potential press release:

NOTE:& It takes a few months for this process to materialize into a press release so you must submit at the same time that you submit your paper to the journal (i.e., do not wait until it is already published!).

When submitting, under “Anything else we should know?” on the form, please add a point of contact for each mission for which your results depended upon for data.  (e.g., “Contact [email protected] for Hinode support – similarly for SDO, IRIS, ground-based observatories, etc.)

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JGR-Space Physics Special Sections of Measurement Techniques in Solar and Space Physics – Renewed Call and Extended Deadline for Papers

James Spann
09 Jun 2016

Subject: Renewed Call and Extended Deadline for Papers for the JGR-Space Physics special sections of Measurement Techniques in Solar and Space Physics

From: Tom Moore (thomas.e.moore at and Jim Spann (jim.spann at

Although a significant number of instrument papers have been submitted thus far to JGR-Space Physics for a special section on Measurement Techniques in Solar and Space Physics, the editors have agreed to extend the deadline to August 15, 2016 in order to facilitate additional submissions.

Here, we repeat the initial announcement (December 1, 2015) with the new due date of August 15, 2016.

Four special sections in JGR-Space Physics have been approved – submission information is given below. Each of the sections will provide a broad survey of new advancements and innovative technologies enabling the next generation in four focused areas in solar and space physics: Fields, Particles, Photons, and Optical & Ground-Based measurements. Particular attention will be given to those techniques and technologies that support significant advancement in measurements; thereby enabling the highest priority science advances for future missions and investments. A broad survey of the current technologies will serve as reference material and as a basis from which advanced and innovative ideas are identified and investment strategies are developed. This includes instrumentation and techniques to observe the solar environment from its interior to its outer atmosphere, the heliosphere out to the interstellar boundary regions, as well as geospace and planetary magnetospheres and atmospheres. A complete survey of the techniques and technologies available for future use by the practitioners of solar and space physics is solicited. Manuscripts providing an original contribution to the state-of-the-art in instrumentation, including a clear demonstration of their applicability to advancing understanding of solar and space physics, are highly encouraged. In addition to the electronic access to the four sections, four hard-cover volumes will be published. These are intended to update similar publications that came out of the 1995 conference in Santa Fe (AGU monographs 102 and 103 Particles and Fields), expanded to include photons and ground-based instrumentation.

A submission portal with the four new sections is available. Potential authors are directed to select their desired special section as they submit to

Submission due date:  August 15, 2016

For more information on paper submissions see

Submitted by Tom Moore and Jim Spann on behalf of the MTSSP editorial committee:  Brian Anderson, Steven Christe, Jim Clemmons, Joe Davila, Phil Erickson, Rob Pfaff, Sabrina Savage, Eftyhia Zesta.

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Mount Wilson Observatory HK Project – Historic Data Available

Alexei Pevtsov
11 Jun 2016

The National Solar Observatory is pleased to announce the availability of data from the historic Mount Wilson Observatory HK Project. The HK Project, which aimed at studying stellar chromospheric activity and variability, was started by Olin Wilson in early 1966 and continued by Art Vaughan, George Preston, Douglas Duncan, Sallie Baliunas, and many others through 2002.

What appears to be a complete, calibrated, and self-consistent copy of the processed data for almost 2300 HK Project stars, from 1966 to mid-1995, was found during 2015 at the National Solar Observatory. The data were conveyed in late 1995 to Richard Radick by Sallie Baliunas. This archive includes the data underlying the 1991 paper by Duncan et al. (ApJ Suppl 76, pp. 383 – 430), extended by some 1000 stars and 12 years

Although this “1995 compilation” served as a benchmark, the HK Project data, or at least parts of it, were re-calibrated repeatedly over the years, both before and after 1995. To distinguish the present data from any other versions, we designate this version as “HK_Project_v1995_NSO”.

The data may be accessed from the NSO Digital Library at, and is openly available to the research community, subject to the understanding that any publication resulting from use of these data shall include an acknowledgment such as the following:

“The HK_Project_v1995_NSO data derive from the Mount Wilson Observatory HK Project, which was supported by both public and private funds through the Carnegie Observatories, the Mount Wilson Institute, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics starting in 1966 and continuing for over 36 years. These data are the result of the dedicated work of O. Wilson, A. Vaughan, G. Preston, D. Duncan, S. Baliunas, and many others.”

Richard Radick and Alexei Pevtsov
National Solar Observatory
June 2016

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SPD Student Poster Contest Winner

Kathy Reeves
14 Jun 2016

The SPD Studentship Committee would like to congratulate the winner of the 2016 SPD Student Poster Contest, Shaheda Begum Shaik, from NJIT for her poster “Source dynamics of the microwave emission during a solar flare.” The winning poster can be viewed online at  The Studentship Committee would also like give an Honorable Mention to Sushant Mahajan, from Georgia State University for his poster “The Impact Of Torsional Oscillations On The Solar Cycle: The Waldmeier-effect As An Outcome.” A big Thank You to all of the judges that helped with the contest!

SPD Studentship Committee (Gordon Emslie, Kathy Reeves, Matthias Rempel)

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SDO/HMI Vector Magnetic Field Observing Mode Changed on 13 April 2016

Todd Hoeksema
14 Jun 2016

On 13 April 2016, a little after 19 UT, the method used to collect HMI vector magnetic field values changed. This new method combines data from two cameras. Since launch, HMI had operated with a framelist that used one camera (the Vector camera) to collect polarized filtergrams for the determination of the Stokes vector parameters, I Q U and V, every 135 seconds. Every 45 s the other (Doppler) camera collected data for the line-of-sight observables that depend only on Stokes I and V. Overlap in circular-polarization observations can be eliminated by combining the images from the two cameras. The new framelist does not change the sequence for the Doppler camera; however, the Vector camera now collects only linearly polarized filtergrams. The overall effect is to both lower the noise and increase the cadence of the vector measurements, because in 90 seconds the new framelist collects one set of linear-polarized and two sets of circular-polarized images. Analysis described in a forthcoming HMI Nugget shows that images from the two cameras can be successfully combined without introducing significant systematic errors, that the noise in the 720-s Stokes elements is reduced by about 14%, and that the noise-dominated weak-field vector-magnetic-field magnitude is 8% less. Observations that combine data from the two cameras has keyword CAMERA = 3; prior observations had the keyword CAMERA = 1 for 12-minute cadence data.

See Y. Liu’s SPD poster for more information.

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Employment Opportunities

Research Associate, Scientific Software at CIRES, University of Colorado

Juan Rodriguez
06 Jun 2016

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Associate supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Boulder, Colorado. This position is for a Scientific Software Engineer within the NCEI Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) program. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of scientists, data managers, and engineers dedicated to the processing and dissemination of NOAA space weather data. STP is responsible for developing the Satellite Product Analysis & Distribution Enterprise System (SPADES), a demonstration and prototyping system for processing GOES-R space environment products.  The capabilities of the instruments on the new GOES-R series of weather satellites (first launch scheduled for autumn 2016) will provide a significant advance over the current measurements in areas such as spectral range and resolution. The new instruments consist of the Solar Ultraviolet Imager, the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors, the Space Environment In-Situ Suite of particle detectors, and the Magnetometer. As a scientific software engineer within STP, the successful candidate will monitor, maintain, troubleshoot, upgrade, and augment the scientific processing system hosted on SPADES to ensure that product quality requirements are met.

  • B.S. in Physical Science, Engineering, Computer Science or similar technical discipline, or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • Four or more years’ experience at the post-B.S. level in scientific programming and analysis of environmental data.
  • Proficiency in Python and C/C++ and a willingness to learn other high-level languages used for scientific programming.
  • Ability to implement a practical data processing algorithm based on documentation authored by other parties.
  • Ability to modify and maintain software authored by other parties.
  • Skilled in Unix/Linux operating environments.
  • Understanding of the architecture, design and workings of systems that handle large data sets.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A flexible and proactive attitude combined with an ability to multitask on various projects with other team members.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency.

For more information, please contact Juan Rodriguez ([email protected])

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Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Johannes Stecker
10 Jun 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in solar physics. The successful candidates will join the SOLMAG project based on an ERC Advanced Grant and led by Sami K. Solanki. The project will follow an integral approach for understanding the physics underlying the structure and dynamics of the solar magnetic field combining new observational facilities, novel instruments currently being developed at the MPS and the next generation of inversion techniques for data analysis and state-of-the-art MHD simulations.

Correspondingly we are searching for postdocs within a wide range of expertise comprising instrumentation, ground-based observations, data calibration and reduction, image restoration, analysis of spectrapolarimetric data, inversion techniques, radiative transfer, MHD simulations, solar irradiance modelling, and magnetic field extrapolation.

The SOLMAG project will reside in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide with leading participations in many of the major solar space missions as well as in ground based and balloon-borne observational programs.  The institute is located in Goettingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town, in a striking new building in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record. Relevant experience in at least one of the fields listed above will be of advantage. The positions are available as early as October 1,2016 and are offered for a period of two or three years. An extension is possible depending on performance. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public services.

Applications including a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, and a publication list should be sent to [email protected]. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to Sami K. Solanki ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin July 15, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

For further information please contact Sami. K. Solanki ([email protected]) or Johannes Stecker ([email protected]).

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Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Atomic Physics for Solar Physics at Columbia University

Daniel Savin
10 Jun 2016

The Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in experimental atomic physics.  The project is to calibrate electron density diagnostics for solar physics using an electron beam ion trap (EBIT).  The successful candidate will join the group headed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin.  S/he will participate in a range of experimental studies related to deepening our understanding of the solar corona and solar wind.  The experimental work will be carried out using the EBIT located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA.  The research is being carried out in collaboration with the group of Dr. Peter Beiersdorfer at LLNL.

The successful candidate will be appointed at Columbia, but will be based at LLNL.  The appointment will be initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years; this is contingent upon the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or a related discipline.  Desired laboratory skills include single particle/PHOTON detectors and the associated electronics;magnetically guided electron beams; understanding of accelerator physics; EUV, UV, and optical spectrometers; EBITs; and ultrahigh vacuum systems.  Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, LabView, IGOR, Autodesk Inventor, SIMION, IDL, Linux/Mac OS, and Windows OS.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in at least some of the areas listed above, a proven research ability, and evidence of future research potential.  They are expected to be able to work well independently and cooperatively with a team and to communicate the results of their research both orally and in writing.  Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are highly desirable.  Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin at [email protected].

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and statement of past research.  In addition they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Dr. Savin.  Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received.  Applications can be submitted by mail to Dr. Daniel W. Savin, Columbia University, Astrophysics Laboratory, 1027 Pupin Hall, MC 5247, New York, NY 10027, U.S.A., or sent via email to [email protected].  Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral/Graduate Position in Solar Energetic Particles and Ground Level Enhancements at University of Hawaii

Veronica Bindi
13 Jun 2016

A postdoctoral position/ graduate position (after comprehensive exams) is available to work in Solar Energetic Particles and Ground Level Enhancements. Experience with SEP and/or with CMEs characteristic and propagation data analysis are required.

Honolulu, Hawaii.

Starting Date:
Postdoc: Position available from now, a starting date in the Fall is also possible.
Graduate: Position available from the beginning of the Fall semester in August.

Contract Duration:
Postdoc: One year with the possibility to extend for additional years.

Applications or inquiries to be sent to [email protected]

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Meeting Announcements

SHINE Session 4: “Remote-Sensing Observing Techniques for Improving Space-Weather Science and Forecasting” – Call for Abstracts

Mario Bisi
01 Jun 2016

Dear Colleagues.

Summer is already upon us and we would like to invite you to submit a contributed abstract to our exciting SHINE session on ‘Remote-Sensing Observing Techniques for Improving Space-Weather Science and Forecasting’–- Session number 4.

The full session description can be found here:

The deadline for submitting abstracts to SHINE this year is 9th June 2016, and the oral discussion session will take place on the Friday (15th July 2016 –  As well as presenting a poster, if you would like to show a couple of slides during the discussion session, then please let us know at least by the end of June 2016.  The oral discussion session will be introduced through two talks: one from Angelos Vourlidas (JHU-APL), and one from Doug Biesecker (NOAA-SWPC); it will also be guided along by the Convenors in order to address the wider scope of the session.

The abstract-submission page is here:

We look forward to seeing you at SHINE in Santa Fe, NM, USA next month!

Best wishes,

Mario – on behalf of the Session 4 convenors: Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space, UK), Bernard V. Jackson (CASS-UCSD, USA), and David F. Webb (ISR-BC, USA).

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SOLARNET 5 School and Workshop: Upcoming Deadlines

Peter Keys
10 Jun 2016

Queen’s University Belfast will host the 5th SOLARNET summer school and workshop from the 25th of August to the 2nd of September.

Please note the upcoming deadlines for the school and workshop:
  • Application for student financial support: 30th June 2016
  • Notification of successful student support: 7th July 2016
  • Registration deadline: 15th July 2016
  • Abstract submission deadline: 30th July 2016

Students seeking financial support to attend the school should send a CV and a brief motivation letter (1 A4 page max) outlining what they expect to gain from the school to the organisers by the deadline above.

Further details on the school and workshop can be found here:

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SDO 2016 – Burlington, VT, Oct. 17 – 21 – Mini-Workshops

Vanessa George
13 Jun 2016

SDO 2016:  Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity
Oct. 17 – 21, 2016   Burlington, VT

Living With a Star’s Solar Dynamics Observatory invites you to its 2016 Science Workshop “SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity.”  One of the defining characteristics of past SDO Meetings are the excellent mini-workshops.  On Friday, Oct. 21, we have 8 workshops planned.  Join us for one or more!  They are:

1) Magnetic Data Calibration: Vector Field Working Group,
2) Solar Cycle Prediction Retrospective,
3) EUV Irradiance Calibration and Data Inter-Comparisons,
4-5) Thermal Diagnostics with SDO/AIA (Part I – II),
6) Image Processing and SunPy: Bridging from IDL to Python,
7) Image Processing and SunPy: Solar Data Processing with Python, and 8) Local Helioseismology Working Group.

SDO 2016 Important Due Dates:
  • Metcalf Travel Award Applications:  ** June 15 **
  • Abstracts:  July 15
  • Early Registration & Hotel Reservation:  September 16

All members of the science community are welcome to SDO 2016. With a great science program and Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage in mid-October, we hope you make plans to join us. Submit your abstract today!

The Scientific Organizing Committee for SDO 2016:
W. Dean Pesnell (chair), Charles Baldner, Mark Cheung, Frank Eparvier, Meng Jin, Aimee Norton, and Barbara Thompson

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F-CHROMA Training Workshop – Observations and Modelling of Solar Flares (Pre-announcement)

Arkadiusz Berlicki
14 Jun 2016

Between October 31 and November 4, 2016, the University of Wroclaw (Poland) will host an F-CHROMA Training Workshop intended mainly for PhD students and young researchers, to educate them on flare observations, data analysis, diagnostics and the use of the main modelling codes. The title of the school is “Observations and modelling of solar flares”. The workshop is organized by the F-CHROMA consortium and the lectures and hands-on sessions will be carried out by experienced scientists. We expect to be able to offer full or partial financial support for accepted participants, depending on numbers.

F-CHROMA is an European collaborative project led by the University of Glasgow (UK), involving seven European research Institutes and Universities. The goal of F-CHROMA is to substantially advance our understanding of the physics of energy dissipation and radiation in the flaring solar atmosphere, with a particular focus on the flares’ chromosphere. Additional information about the project can be found at and at

More information about the workshop will appear soon and will be available at special website, where the program and more information will appear. The main purpose of this pre-announcement is to enable early bookings in your agendas.

For any further queries please email: [email protected]

Arkadiusz Berlicki and the F-CHROMA Team.

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Editor’s Note

2015 SolarNews Instructions

Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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