SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 17

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 17

Aimee Norton, editor
01 September 2016

Hinode and IRIS Support for ALMA Cycle 4 Observations

Adam Kobelski
15 Aug 2016

Coordination with ALMA observations of the Sun is high priority for both the IRIS and Hinode missions. IRIS and Hinode provide observations from the photosphere to the corona that are ideal complements to the chromospheric measurements with ALMA. During the upcoming ALMA cycle 4 solar observations from December 2016 to April 2017, IRIS and Hinode will prioritize support of successful ALMA cycle 4 solar observing proposals.

We suggest that PIs of accepted ALMA proposals inform the Hinode and IRIS teams as soon as possible of the desired observational support — our teams will be happy to collaborate with you to tailor the coordinated observations to your science goals. We suggest that successful ALMA proposers submit a request for an IHOP (IRIS-Hinode Operations Plan), see for details. Please use the following Submission Form:

Please keep in mind that while IRIS is in eclipse season from early November through mid February, during this time frame IRIS will nevertheless be able to provide high quality observations for about 60 minutes out of every orbit (97 minutes). To maximize overlap with IRIS, requesting at least 1.5 hours of ALMA observations is the best option. IRIS has no limitations for ALMA support from mid February onwards.

As the observation date nears, close communication on the timings and pointings of the ALMA observations will be required in order to allow Hinode and IRIS to coordinate successfully.

If you have questions about support for ALMA observations, please contact Sabrina Savage for Hinode and Bart De Pontieu for IRIS.

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IAU – Submitting Letters of Intent for proposing Symposia and/or Focus Meetings in 2018

Yihua Yan
23 August 2016

Dear Members of IAU Division E for the Sun & Heliosphere,

This is a reminder of the rapidly approaching deadline for the submission of Letters of Intent (LoI) for proposing IAU symposia and Focus Meetings in 2018. The deadline is 15 September 2016.

LoIs are required prior to submitting a full symposium or focus meeting proposal and serve the purpose of giving the Division Steering Committee and all Division members the opportunity to provide feedback and to minimize proposal overlap.

A LoI for IAUS has to give only a brief description of the intended symposium proposal. However, the LoI for IAUS should include: (a) the title of the intended IAU Meeting (no longer than 10 words, or 70 characters including spaces); (b) the prospective Coordinating Division (i.e., with Div E as “Coordinating Division”, other Divisions with an interest in the meeting may also be contacted in a similar way requesting their endorsement); (c) the full name(s) of the proposed SOC chairperson(s); (d) a short list of topics to be addressed at the Meeting (up to 10 topics); (e) the venue and the preferred dates for the Symposium; (f) the full names and addresses of the proposed Editors (the first listed in the web form will be considered as the Contact Editor who must be an IAU member). Normally, the initiative to propose an IAU GA Focus Meeting originates from a group of scientists aiming at promoting cross-disciplinarity, while keeping a well-defined “focus” on a given topic. In collaboration with colleagues worldwide, they should prepare a draft scientific program and nominations for the members of a candidate SOC.

For details please refer to the description in the IAU rules:

Please note that 2018 is a year during which a General Assembly (GA) will be held in Vienna, Austria. In the year of an IAU GA, 6 of the 9 IAU Symposia will be scheduled as GA Symposia within the scientific program of the GA and held at the GA venue. A GA Symposium normally lasts 3.5 days. A focus meeting is 1 to 2 days during the GA and there may be about 15 FMs at a GA. The 3 IAU Symposia not associated with that GA should not be scheduled within 3 months before or after the dates of that GA. The EC may, in exceptional circumstances, decide to support a Symposium within 3 months of GA.

The Steering Committee of Division E encourages all members to consider proposing an IAU symposium and/or focus meeting and will gladly provide support in all scientific aspects.


Yihua Yan
(President of IAU Division E: Sun & Heliosphere)

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IAU – Deadline to Submit Letters of Intent for IAU Symposia and Focus Meetings 2018: September 15th

Piero Benvenuti
26 August 2016

Dear Colleague,

Some of you have recently received a reminder sent by Division Presidents and by the Assistant General Secretary about the approaching deadline (September 15th) for the submissions of Letters of Intent for IAU Symposia in 2018.

I would also like to remind you that in 2018 we plan to select up to 15 Focus Meetings to be held at the XXX GA in Vienna.

Therefore, although not explicitly mentioned in the Guidelines, we expect to receive, by the same deadline of September 15th, Letters of Intent for the Focus Meetings (the electronic form for the submission is the same for both Symposia and FM ( All LoIs received by the deadline will be posted on the IAU web pages, allowing prospective proposers to consider possible collaboration or coordination before embarking in the preparation of the full-fledged proposal. Please read carefully the Rules about Focus Meeting (

The deadline for submitting full Symposia and Focus Meetings proposals is December 15th, 2016.

Best regards,
Piero Benvenuti
IAU General Secretary

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SunSPICE – New Package for Solar Mission Ephemerides

William Thompson
25 Aug 2016

The STEREO mission uses a particular kind of ephemeris file known as SPICE for the orbit and attitude information, and there are routines in the SolarSoft “$SSW/stereo/gen” tree for handling the files. The upcoming Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions will also use the SPICE ephemeris system, so the STEREO software for handling SPICE files has been migrated to a separate package called “SunSPICE”. This should be transparent to most users, but people who are using SolarSoft under Windows will need to install the SunSPICE package on their machines. See for more information.

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CESRA – New Highlights

Eduard Kontar
26 Aug 2016

Bright 30 THz impulsive solar bursts
by Pierre Kaufmann et al.

Decameter U-burst Harmonic Pair from a High Loop
by Dorovskyy, et al

The Highlight of Solar Radio Physics or CESRA Nugget allows you to publish fresh research to keep CESRA community informed and up-to-date. These are short communications written in the language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area.
The CESRA highlights can be followed/discussed at and

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RHESSI Science Nuggets in August 2016

Hugh Hudson
28 Aug 2016

No. 280, “Solar flare neutrons observed on the ground and in space,” by Alec MacKinnon: There has been dramatic progress in studies of the Sun via its emission of energetic neutrons.

No. 281, “To be or not to be – the role of projection effects in EUV imaging,” by Karin Dissauer and Manuela Temmer: Perspective really does matter when using STEREO to observe coronal dimmings.

See listing the current series, 2008-present, and 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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Hinode Focused Mode Programs Reminder

Sabrina Savage
29 Aug 2016

The Hinode Science Steering Committee would like to remind the community of the opportunity to submit I/HOPs for Focused Mode operational periods. These observations are scheduled to occur during Hinode and IRIS eclipse periods (≈ June – August & December – February).  During normal operations, Hinode observations are scheduled 3 times a week.  During Focused Mode, they are scheduled once per week.  Coordination with other instruments during these time periods is severely limited and HOPs are given a lower priority; however, unique, long-term observations can be acquired during Focused Mode.  Observers are encouraged to submit appropriate I/HOPs for these time periods for consideration, particularly for Quiet Sun studies as we move through solar minimum.

Guidelines for submitting joint Hinode + IRIS operation plans (I/HOPs) and information for coordination are provided at: and

To submit and I/HOP, please use the following form:

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Solicitation of Ideas for Topical Issues of Solar Physics

John Leibacher
30 August 2016

The journal Solar Physics publishes one or two Topical Issues (TIs) per year dedicated to a focused topic, frequently with a small number of survey articles introducing regular unsolicited articles, all of which benefit from appearing together. Not infrequently, these stem from a monothematic conference or conferences, but all articles submitted for consideration for a TI are handled and refereed in the same way as regular research papers, and submissions not associated with the conference are solicited. Recent TIs include Solar and Stellar Flares: Observations, Simulations, and Synergies (December 2015) and Probing the Sun Inside and Out (November 2015). Sunspot Number Recalibration should appear before the end of the year.

To aid in our planning, we solicit statements of interest from potential Guest Editors of Topical Issues by 01 October 2016, via email to [email protected].

John Leibacher, Cristina Mandrini, Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi, Michael Wheatland

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HMI Science Nuggets – #58 and #59

Xudong Sun
31 Aug 2016

We announce two HMI Science Nuggets for August 2016.

#58 “Signs of Cycle 25 Seen in the Surface Toroidal Field” by William Ma (

#59 “The HMI Vector Magnetic Field Synoptic Charts” by Yang Liu (

We welcome submissions on work related to HMI scientific goals. More information can be found at

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Employment Opportunities

Nagoya Univ., Japan – Foreign Designated Professor Position at ISEE

Kanya Kusano
19 Aug 2016

The Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University, has a new opportunity to invite Foreign Designated Professors who will stay three months every year in ISEE to conduct research on science topics related to space and Earth, during the fiscal years 2017-2021. ISEE has seven research divisions: 1) integrated studies, 2) cosmic ray research, 3) heliospheric research, 4) ionospheric and magnetospheric research, 5) meteorological and atmospheric research, 6) land-ocean ecosystem research, and 7) chronological research. It has four interdisciplinary research projects: a) solar-terrestrial climate research, b) space-Earth environmental prediction, c) interaction of neutral and plasma atmospheres, and d) aerosol and cloud formation. The Foreign Designated Professors are expected to conduct research related to at least one of these seven divisions and/or relevant to at least one of the four interdisciplinary research projects, and to enhance international collaborative research at ISEE. In relation to this opportunity, ISEE at Nagoya University will hire one full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow for each Foreign Designated Professor. The announcement of opportunity and the selection of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be made by ISEE in consultation with the responsible Foreign Designated Professor.

Job details:
  • Employer: Nagoya University (The position is at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University)
  • Website:
  • Location: Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan<.li>
  • Job type: Foreign Designated Professor
  • Salary: 750,000-1,680,000 Japanese yen per month
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Premiums for mandatory health insurance and welfare pension will be deducted from the payment.
  • Qualifications: Postgraduate – Doctorate/PhD, Nagoya University has a retirement age of 65 years old.
  • Job hours: 3 months per year through cross appointment (choose any continuous 3-month period from 1 April to 31 March in every fiscal year)
Required Application Materials: (All materials must be submitted in English.)
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Research plan (maximum three pages)
  3. List of publications; provide separate lists for refereed journals and conference proceedings.
  4. Names and contact information for two professional references

Application Deadline:
Monday, October 31, 2016, 17:00 (Japanese Standard Time)
Interviews may be held after the closing date.

Application Submission:
Please attach your application materials to an email and send them to machida at

Inquiries: For inquiries about this position, please contact
Prof. Shinobu Machida
Director of the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
E-mail: machida at
TEL: +81-52-747-6303; FAX: +81-52-747-6313

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Shandong University, China – PhD Studentships, Post-doctoral and Research Scientist Positions Available at the Institute of Space Sciences

Yao Chen
20 Aug 2016

We cordially invite applications for PhD studentships, postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the Institute of Space Sciences (ISS), Shandong University. We expect to offer ~6 fully-funded PhD studentships, ~6 postdoctoral positions, and ~2 research scientist positions.

The applicants are expected to work with
1) Prof. Yao Chen ([email protected]) on physical processes of solar eruptions. Of primary interests are coronal mass ejections, flares, accompanying particle acceleration and radio bursts.

2) Prof. Quanqi Shi ([email protected]) on magnetospheric physics and solar wind–magnetosphere interaction. Of primary interests are the solar wind mass and energy transport into the magnetosphere and related processes.

3) Prof. Qinghe Zhang ([email protected]) on the physics of the ionosphere and the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling. Of particular interests are the origin and dynamical evolution of ionospheric irregularities, and ionospheric responses to space-weather events.

4) Prof. Lidong Xia ([email protected]) on multi-wavelength observational studies of the fundamental processes in the solar atmosphere. Of particular interests are the physics of the solar transition region, the origin of the solar wind, and the development of coronagraph technology.

5) Prof. Bo Li ([email protected]) on magnetohydrodynamic waves in the highly structured solar atmosphere. Special attention will be paid on the role that these waves play in heating localized structures such as spicules.

6) Prof. Zongcheng Ling ([email protected]) on planetary spectroscopy and remote sensing. Of particular interests are the remote sensing and laboratory analogue studies of martian hydrated minerals, geochemical and mineralogical analysis of lunar materials, geological evolution and environmental changes of planetary bodies, planetary Raman and LIBS spectroscopy, etc.

For detailed information on our overseas PhD program, please visit or directly contact the supervisor you plan to work with. The postdoctoral posts are available for a fixed term of 1 year with a possible extension of up to 3 years, depending on research performance and funding availability. The position can start as early as 1 October 2016. The annual salary will be 30,000 to 35,000 US dollars, commensurate with qualification and experience.

Research scientist appointments are for 3 years, with possible extension, depending on research performance and funding availability. The annual salary is from 35,000 to 50,000 US dollars depending on qualification and experience. The post-holders should pursue independent research in close collaboration with the ISS faculty members.

The applicants of the postdoctoral and research scientist positions are expected to have demonstrated expertise in carrying out original research in solar and space physics, space weather sciences, and planetary science. ISS is located in the scenic coastal city of Weihai, which with its considerably low living cost and wonderful beaches is regarded as one of the nation’s most desirable cities. ISS can help arrange a temporary or long-term accommodation, which is fully-furnished and in easy reach of shopping plazas, restaurants, the university campus, and the beautiful Weihai International Beach. Rent and utilities shall be paid by the post-holders.

Applications will be considered from 1 October 2016 onwards. Candidates should submit electronically a CV, a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, as well as names and contact details of two potential referees, to one of the above prospective collaborators (please also copy to [email protected]). Please visit the webpage ( for more information.

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Rice University – Faculty Positions in Data Science

Stephen Bradshaw
26 Aug 2016

There are a number of faculty positions at Rice University which will be of interest to some members of the solar heliospheric community. Rice has announced an initiative in Data Sciences with the creation of a number of faculty positions at all ranks across the university. In particular, the list of topics of interest includes high-volume and/or high-velocity data intensive science. Researchers developing data analytic tools such as machine learning techniques or other data science methodologies that are used in solar physics and astronomy, but can be broadly implemented across disciplines, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position announcement is at

The high-volume, high-velocity component is described as follows:

Researchers in many disciplines today are using petabytes or exabytes of data that may hold the promise of important new discoveries. While these researchers face many of the same issues found in other data-driven efforts, the use of truly-large datasets and datasets that arrive at high-velocity introduces new challenges in terms of both the underlying computer systems, hardware and software, and the analytical techniques applied to the data. These challenges are fundamentally different from those seen at smaller scales.

The initiative actively seeks data scientists who will work on problems related to high-velocity, data-intensive science, including but not limited to new hardware and software data-architectures to deal with high-volume, high-velocity data collection, curation and analysis; highly parallel analytics; and managing and processing distributed or federated data.

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Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) – IRIS Post-doc Position

Bart De Pontieu
30 Aug 2016

Position/Title: Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) postdoctoral position
Institutions:  BAER Institute, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory

A postdoctoral position is available within the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) project.  This position is initially for 2 years, but can be extended to 3 years or more.

The IRIS small explorer was launched successfully in June 2013 and is focused on studying the physics of the interface region between the photosphere and corona. The IRIS science investigation combines a high-resolution ultraviolet spectrograph with advanced numerical modeling to study which types of non-thermal energy dominate in the chromosphere and beyond, how the chromosphere regulates the mass and energy supplied to the outer solar atmosphere, and how magnetic flux rises through the solar atmosphere and powers flares and coronal mass ejections.

The postdoctoral researcher will work with researchers at Lockheed Martin’s Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL, which leads the IRIS mission and is also involved in Hinode, SDO and STEREO), and be part of the IRIS team (see for details). The work will involve a combination or subset of:  analysis of IRIS data especially in combination with data from Hinode or SDO (e.g., inversions from spectropolarimetry or non-LTE spectral lines), calculation of advanced numerical radiative MHD simulations and non-LTE radiative transfer of the solar atmosphere, comparison between observations and numerical simulations. The candidate is also expected to assist in planning of IRIS science operations. Candidates should have a PhD (or expect to complete a PhD in the next 3 months) in solar physics, plasma physics or a closely related field. The applicant is expected to have experience in data analysis of solar data, and/or theoretical or numerical modeling.

The initial position is for a 2 year period and will start as soon as possible after October 3, 2016.  The postdoctoral researcher will be employed by the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. The salary range is $75 to $85K.  The job benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a 403b defined contribution plan for which employer contributes 10% of gross salary, eligibility for participation in optional 403b tax-deferred annuity plan, 10 paid holidays, and a total of 3 weeks of vacation per year through accrual of 10 hours of vacation and 8 hours of sick-time per month.

Closing date for applications is 3 October, 2016. Submit resume, a 1-2 page research statement and 2 letters of reference to:  The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at:  [email protected] Attention: Dr. Bart De Pontieu, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, 3251 Hanover St., Org. A021S, Bldg. 252, Palo Alto, CA 94304, [email protected], Phone 1-650-424-3094 / Fax 1-650-424-3994

More information can be found at:

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Meeting Announcements

COSPAR – 42nd Scientific Assembly and Associated Events

Aaron Janofsky
24 Aug 2016

Date: 14 – 22 July 2018

Place: Pasadena, CA, USA

COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
[email protected]

Host Organization: Caltech, home of JPL

Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Thomas Prince, California Institute of Technology

Abstract Deadline: January 2018

Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:
– SC A:  The Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
– SC B:  The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
– SC C:  The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
– SC D:  Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
– SC E:  Research in Astrophysics from Space
– SC F:  Life Sciences as Related to Space
– SC G:  Materials Sciences in Space
– SC H:  Fundamental Physics in Space
– Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
– Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
– Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
– Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
– Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
– Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
– Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
– Panel on Education (PE)
– Panel on Exploration (PEX)
– Panel on Interstellar Research (PIR)
– Special events:  interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers will be published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

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F-CHROMA Training Workshop – Observations and Modelling of Solar Flares: Registration

Arkadiusz Berlicki
30 Aug 2016

Between October 31 and November 4, 2016 the University of Wroclaw (Poland) will host an F-CHROMA Training Workshop “Observations and modelling of solar flares”, 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 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.

The registration for this workshop will be opened from September 1st, 2016. Everybody who are interested in participation in this school can visit: and fill the registration form. The deadline for registration is 26th September 2016. The applicants will be informed by September 30th, 2016.

Additional information about the project can be found at and at

For any further queries please email: [email protected]

Arkadiusz Berlicki and the F-CHROMA Team.

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Aimee Norton
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