SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 18

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 18

Aimee Norton, editor
15 September 2016

Advances in Space Research – Special Issue on MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere

Viktor Fedun
07 Sep 2016

Original contributions and review papers related to the MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere are solicited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research.

This thematic issue is focused on studies of the various MHD wave processes in the solar interior and exterior.  It is expected that the published articles will provide new insight on the mechanisms of excitation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, their role in triggering localized energetic events and the energy and momentum transport from photosphere to chromosphere and further to the solar corona. Articles on magnetic fields modeling, current development of the models to replicate the impulsive heating of the solar chromosphere, and repetitive magnetic reconnections processes are also welcome.

The manuscript submission site is at (Advances in Space Research). Please select “Waves in Solar Atmosphere” in the special issue drop-down for article type. Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by a minimum of two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2017. Papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures in the electronic version. The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier web site at

More info you can found

Dr. Viktor Fedun ([email protected]) and Dr. Abhishek K. Srivastava ([email protected]) are the Guest Editors for this special issue.
Questions can be directed to Drs. Fedun or Srivastava or to the ASR Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea ([email protected]).

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NASA MinXSS-1 CubeSat – Data Product Release Version 1

Tom Woods
12 Sep 2016

The Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat was deployed on May 16, 2016 from ISS and has been making solar observations of the full-disk soft X-ray (SXR) spectra since June 9, 2016. The Level 1 solar SXR spectra with up to 1-minute cadence, along with user guide and data plotting examples in IDL and Python, are available at

This is version 1 release for MinXSS-1 mission. This web site also provides overview and papers about the MinXSS satellite and instruments. The MinXSS-1 orbit altitude is currently at 385 km, and its mission life is expected for another year. The MinXSS-2 CubeSat is being launched in January 2017 and is expected to have a 5-year mission life with a starting altitude of 500 km.

Please contact us for any data or web interface issues:

James Mason: [email protected]>

Tom Woods (MinXSS PI) [email protected]>

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CESRA – September Highlights

Eduard Kontar
12 Sep 2016

High resolution observations of radio noise storms in the solar corona by Prasad Subramanian and Claude Mercier

On the thermal nature of 140 GHz emission from the 4 July 2012 solar flare by Yuriy Tsap et

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 etc at and

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AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes – First Call for Nominations

Mark Linton
14 Sep 2016

Nominations are sought for the 2017 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) George Ellery Hale Prize. In considering candidates, the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee is to be guided by the impact of the candidates’ research in solar physics, general astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, and physics. Any living scientist is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race, sex, or nationality.  Please see and for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

Nominations are also sought for the 2017 AAS/SPD early career Karen Harvey Prize. This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached ten years of professional experience since the Ph.D or equivalent degree, at the end of calendar year 2016. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence, citizenship, or membership in the SPD. Please see for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

A letter of nomination for the Hale or Harvey prize, with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of which must be from members of the Society), curriculum vitae, and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 14, 2016. Submissions should be sent to Mark Linton at [email protected] .

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All HMI Full-Disk Vector Magnetograms and Synoptic Maps Since 1 May 2010 Now Available

J Todd Hoeksema
14 Sep 2016

Full-disk vector magnetograms are now available every 12 minutes for the entire Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission, starting on 1 May 2010. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) data series hmi.B_720s is available from the SDO JSOC data center, e.g. hmi.B_720s.

Magnetograms are computed every 720 seconds using Stokes parameters derived from polarized filtergrams averaged over about 20 minutes. The resolution is 1 arc second with half arc-second pixels. At each time step the data series provides 4096*4096 maps of 27 different photospheric plasma parameters and uncertainties derived using the VFISV Milne-Eddington inversion. The primary magnetic-field elements are total field strength, inclination, azimuth, and disambiguation – angles are relative to the line of sight and “up” on the CCD camera. Numerous keywords describe the geometry and processing.

The convenient SolarSoft routine combines the disambiguation and geometric information and returns the three vector field components, B_r, B_theta, B_phi, projected onto spherical coordinates.

For details about the processing and alerts to ‘features’ in the data, see the HMI_B wiki page and references listed there. These full-disk magnetograms provide context for the useful parameters computed in the Space-weather HMI Active-Region Patches (SHARPs) that are computed at the same time cadence. We do not compute full-disk vector magnetograms in near real time, but SHARPs are available in near real time.

Remapped data from these magnetograms were used to produce the times series of HMI vector synoptic maps described in HMI Nugget 59 that was announced in the previous SolarNews. Both high (3600 * 1440) and low (720*360) resolution synoptic maps are available. Maps of B_r, B_theta, and B_phi are provided for each Carrington Rotation since CR 2097.

Vector magnetograms can be computed on a more rapid times cadence (135s or 90s) for limited time intervals of specific interest.

Please contact a member of the HMI magnetic field team if you have questions.

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Employment Opportunities

PhD Positions in Solar System Science in Göttingen, Germany – Deadline 15 November 2016

Sonja Schuh
01 Sep 2016

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”.

The scientific topics in Solar physics/heliophysics range from the Solar interior and subsurface dynamics investigated via global and local helioseismology (Gizon, Duvall, Birch, Schou) to observable and measurable phenomena in the atmosphere with its rich structure and dynamics in the photosphere, chromosphere and corona, with the Solar magnetic field as the main driver for the multitude of dynamic Solar features (Solanki, Lagg, Gandorfer, Peter, Cameron, Woch and others). Solar and stellar magnetic activity (Käpylä), connecting Solar and stellar variabilities (Shapiro), and Solar variability and climate (Krivova) are further foci.  MPS researchers and engineers develop, construct and launch scientific instruments, analyse and interpret the data and engage in intensive theoretical work to develop an improved understanding of solar dynamo processes, transport and acceleration mechanisms and more.

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 are fully funded through a doctoral support contract and are eligible for relocation support.

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, and must document a good command of the English language.

Please see the full call including the list of open PhD projects and apply via the on-line application portal before 15 November 2016. Referees named by the applicant will be contacted by the School and will be asked to submit their letters through the on-line application portal no later than 20 November 2016.

Dr. Sonja Schuh
IMPRS Scientific Coordinator

P.S. Please feel free to forward this call to suitable candidates, and put the call and poster on display for students in your department. The printable pdf versions can be downloaded from the following url addresses: and

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

Daniel Savin
13 Sep 2016

The Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position involving complementary studies in experimental plasma physics and solar physics. The objective of this project is to deepen our understanding of MHD wave damping processes relevant to the heating of the solar corona. This will be carried out through laboratory experiments and related coronal observations. Some key plasma physics processes to be studied include Alfven wave reflection, phase mixing, and dissipation. The successful candidate will join the group of Drs. Daniel Wolf Savin and Michael Hahn. The experimental work will be carried out using the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The work at LAPD will be performed in collaboration with Prof. Walter Gekelman, Dr. Steve Vincena, and the staff of the Basic Plasma Science Facility at UCLA.

The successful candidate will be appointed and based at Columbia.  There will be two one-week-long visits per year to UCLA to carry out experiments.  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, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Solar Physics, or a related discipline. Desired laboratory skills include experience with plasma diagnostics such as Langmuir and B-dot probes, RF antennas, associated electronics, ultra-high vacuum systems, and an understanding of basic plasma physics, especially plasma waves. Also desirable is familiarity with solar observational data, especially spectroscopy. Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, Fourier methods, LabView, IDL, the HDF data format, 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 as well as 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].

Applications should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and statement of past research. In addition, applicants 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 to Dr. Daniel W. Savin, Columbia University, Astrophysics Laboratory, 1027 Pupin Hall, MC 5247, New York, NY 10027, USA, 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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Research Positions at Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India, Kolkata

Dibyendu Nandi
14 Sep 2016

Two research fellow positions at the Postdoctoral or Research Scientists levels (based on experience) are available at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI). CESSI is a multi-institutional Center of Excellence funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and is located at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata. CESSI involves collaborating faculty from IISER Kolkata, IISER Pune, Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Udaipur Solar Observatory and Inter-University Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The primary aim of CESSI is to explore fundamental aspects of solar magnetic activity and develop the understanding necessary for space weather forecasting. Other aims include gravitational wave astronomy and support for Indian initiatives such as the Aditya-L1 space mission (India’s first space observatory to study the Sun) and the LIGO-India project. For more information refer to the website

For these appointment preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability in computational MHD or plasma physics, astronomical satellite data analysis and instrumentation techniques in the context of solar or space physics, space weather or Sun-Climate physics.

Emoluments range from INR 40,000 to INR 50,000 based on experience and position offered. Additional housing rent allowance may be provided based on need. A contingency allowance is available for conference travel and other academic expenses. The position is initially for a period of one year and extendable based on performance.

For eligibility criteria and application procedures visit:

Informal enquires may be mailed to Dibyendu Nandi at: dnandi AT iiserkol DOT ac DOT in.

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

Bart De Pontieu
14 Sep 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 resumes, 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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Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) – Senior Heliophysicist Position

Neal Hurlburt
14 Sep 2016

The Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) has an immediate opening for a physicist to support data analysis of existing science missions. These missions at LMSAL include the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO/AIA and HMI), Hinode (Solar Optical Telescope) and the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). LMSAL is a department of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, CA. The candidate’s duties are to pursue solar physics research using data from these missions or models related to them as well as to provide support for mission operations such as science planning and analysis and monitoring of calibration. The candidate is also encouraged to seek external funding in order to pursue individual research.

Applicants are expected to possess a PhD in heliophysics, astrophysics or similar scientific disciplines. Applicants for this position must possess excellent scientific skills with experience in solar data analysis, and experience with scripting languages including IDL (Interactive Data Language) or Python.  Applicants should possess strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills. See job #365927BR at for more details.

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Meeting Announcements

2016 SDO Workshop – Hotel / Registration / Science Agenda

Vanessa George
12 Sep 2016

Early Registration and Hotel Reservation deadline: ** Friday, Sept. 16 **

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

The 2016 LWS Solar Dynamics Observatory Science Workshop if quickly approaching. Please visit the website for the detailed science program/agenda, abstracts (coming soon), registration, hotel, logistical information, etc. With a great science program and Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage in mid-October, we hope you make plans to join us!

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, REGISTRATION – REMINDER

Arkadiusz Berlicki
14 Sep 2016

This announcement is to remind that 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 significant financial support for accepted participants, depending on numbers.

The registration for this workshop is 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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Editor’s Note

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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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