Solarnews – Volume 2016 Number 7

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 7

Aimee Norton, editor
01 April 2016

Chair’s Chat

Journals Devoted to Solar Physics: We regret the error

Dana Longcope
17 Mar 2016

In the previous Chair’s Chat (2/15/2016) I carelessly described the journal Solar Physics as “the one journal dedicated exclusively to our field”. My statement is clearly wrong, and The Living Reviews of Solar Physics provides an obvious counter-example. It is also a journal devoted exclusively to Solar Physics. I regret the error.

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JHelioviewer: A New Generation is Now Available

David Berghmans
25 Mar 2016

JHelioviewer is a well-established open-source application for visualisation of solar images based on the JPEG 2000 standard. It is part of the Helioviewer Project and it is another client to the Helioviewer web services alongside the web-application. Since late 2013, the whole software stack was revisited under ESA Contract No. 4000107325/12/NL/AK commonly referred to as “Space Weather HelioViewer”. Many of the new additions will be of particular interest to the Space Weather community. The new generation of JHelioviewer is available for download from and

The new JHelioviewer is significantly faster and more robust while offering a large number of new functionalities, among which:

    access to new datasets (GONG,  SOLIS, etc) from 3 different servers (GSFC, ROB, IAS)

  • combined view from different vantage points (e.g. STEREO and SDO) for full sphere mapping
  • image projections such as orthographic, latitudinal and polar
  • yet more viewing options, such as running and base differences, and a side-by-side (multiview) mode
  • timeline datasets viewing, synchronized with the time of the current image
  • integration of features and events from the Heliospheric Event Knowledge database, and alerts from the COMESEP system.
  • magnetic field line extrapolations

A full description of the installation, running of the software and new features are available on the online user manual:

The work was carried out by SIDC @ Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). The new JHelioviewer will continue to undergo improvements in the future, meanwhile feedback is welcome at swhv – at –

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NASA: Second Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Science Topics

Mark Linton
28 Mar 2016

The 2016 NASA Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Steering Committee will soon begin developing the next round of LWS focused science topics and strategic capability topics, for ROSES 2017. It is vital for the success of the LWS TR&T program that there be active community engagement in the development of annual TR&T science topics. We are therefore asking the Heliophysics community to provide input by April 26, 2016 for these topics.

Suggested science topics should be organized around achieving the goals set out in the strategic science areas (SSA’s) articulated in the LWS Ten Year Vision (,

Physics-based Understanding to Enable Forecasting of:
  • SSA-0, Solar Electromagnetic, Energetic Particle, and Plasma Outputs Driving the Solar System Environment and Inputs to Earth’s Atmosphere
  • SSA-1, Geomagnetic Variability
  • SSA-2, Satellite Drag
  • SSA-3, Solar Energetic Particle
  • SSA-4, Total Electron Content
  • SSA-5, Ionospheric Scintillation
  • SSA-6, Radiation Environment

The structure of a topic should indicate a target description, the targeted SSAs, goals and measures of success, types of investigations, interactions with user communities and expected deliverables.

Input may be entered through the LWS TR&T website:

We greatly look forward to your input and to continuing on the path of innovation and scientific exploration in the LWS program.

LWS Steering Committee Members: Eftyhia Zesta (Co-Chair), Mark Linton (Co-Chair), Yuri Shprits, Scott McIntosh, Nathan Schwadron, Jim Slavin, Chadi Salem, Alexa Halford, Pontus Brandt, Tim Bastian, Kent Tobiska

Liaisons: Terry Onsager, Rodney Veireck, Ilia Roussev, Vyacheslav Lukin, Masha Kuznetsova, Mona Kessel, Dean Pesnell, Dave Sibeck, Adam Szabo, Chris St Cyr

Ex Officio: Elsayed Talaat, Jeff Morrill, Shing Fung

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HMI Science Nugget #49

Xudong Sun
28 Mar 2016

This month’s entry to HMI Science Nuggets comes from Rui Liu, entitled “Structure, Stability, and Evolution of Magnetic Flux Ropes from the Perspective of Magnetic Twist” (

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

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Hinode Solar Optical Telescope Filtergraph Anomaly

Sabrina Savage
29 Mar 2016

The Hinode Solar Optical Telescope Focal Plane Package contains three CCD cameras: Filtergraph (FG), Spectro-polarimeter (SP) and Correlation Tracker (CT). The FG camera suddenly developed an electrical short circuit on 2016 February 25, after 9.4 years of operation on-orbit, and it was promptly switched off. The other two cameras are unaffected, and science observing resumed with the SP and CT on March 3rd. The FG camera collects both broadband and narrowband images, so neither type has been available since Feb 25th. Engineers at Lockheed Martin have been studying the cause and possible recovery of the FG camera since the anomaly occurred. A similar short circuit in the CCD camera on the GOES-15 Soft X-ray Imager was recovered in 2010, with nominal operation of the instrument since then.  Recovery of the FG camera may be attempted in the next month or so, but the likelihood of success is not known. We are proceeding cautiously, since all three cameras share the same power supplies, and we do not want risk damage to the SP or CT.

In the meantime, Hinode and SOT continue a full schedule of observing, including Hinode Observing Programs (HOPs) and frequent coordination with IRIS and other observatories.  The telemetry previously used by the FG has been allocated amongst SP and the other two Hinode instruments, resulting in large increases for EIS and XRT, especially when observing targets at the limb. The added telemetry for SP enables collection of more fast time series and full-resolution maps of the photospheric vector magnetic field and other atmospheric properties. Revised observing strategies and programs using only SP are being created to support existing HOPs and new observation requests. Requests for further information or new observations can be sent to us or to the SOT Science Scheduling Coordinators, Dick Shine (shine at and Takashi Sekii (sekii at

Ted Tarbell, US SOT PI, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab
Sabrina Savage, US Hinode Project Scientist, NASA MSFC
Yoshinori Suematsu, SOT PI, NAOJ
Toshifumi Shimizu, JAXA Hinode Project Manager, ISAS/JAXA

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Jack Ireland
29 Mar 2016

The Helioviewer Project is pleased to announce that 3.0 is now available. Try the quick interactive tutorial under the Help (”?”) button for a quick introduction to the new 3.0 is a major redesign of the interface. The reason for the change was the desire to provide new capabilities to our users including:

– Image Timeline: quickly scan forward and back in time to find out which images are available when.
– Download data via the Virtual Solar Observatory and the Solar Dynamics Observatory Data Cutout Service.
– Automatically generate Solarsoft/IDL data download scripts.

Please check out the updated user guide to find out more about 3.0. We have plans to make more and different data types available, and to add new features in the next few months.

Please send any comments and bug reports to [email protected], and thank you for using the Helioviewer Project.

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Solar Physics Memoirs: Brigitte Schmieder and Peter Sturrock Chosen to Write for 2017

Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
30 Mar 2016

We are pleased to announce that Brigitte Schmieder, an expert on solar prominences from Paris Observatory, and Peter Sturrock, the “S” in the standard CSHKP model of solar flares from Stanford University, have been selected to write Solar Physics Memoirs for 2017. Their memoirs will appear in Solar Physics early next year. The memoir series has three main goals: (1) to honor colleagues for distinguished careers, (2) to provide long-term personal perspectives on solar science; and (3) to help educate younger members of the community.  The selection committee, formed from members of the Solar Physics Editorial Board, is chaired by Ed Cliver and includes Paul Cally, Mingde Ding, Jim Klimchuk, Cristina Mandrini, Eric Priest, Kazunari Shibata, Sami Solanki, and Astrid Veronig.  Please contact any of them with suggestions for next year’s honoree.

Ed Cliver (Chair of the Memoirs Committee) and Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi (Editor)

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RHESSI Science Nugget No. 270

Hugh Hudson
30 Mar 2016

“An Unreported White-light Prominence, by Matt Penn and Hugh Hudson: Massive flare ejecta observed visually.

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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IRIS/Hinode Support for ALMA Cycle 4 Observations

Bart De Pontieu
30 Mar 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. Proposers to the ALMA cycle 4 can refer to this message as evidence of IRIS/Hinode support for their observations.

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 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 ([email protected]) and Bart De Pontieu for IRIS ([email protected]).

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“Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas” – New Book

Valery Nakariakov
30 Mar 2016

New Book: “Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas” (published by Wiley)

From: Andreas Keiling keiling at>, Dong-Hun Lee dhlee at>, Valery Nakariakov V.Nakariakov at>

In this book, the editors have compiled a collection of review chapters, written by leading experts, on the topic of low-frequency waves in space plasmas. Its main objective is to give a concise and authoritative up-to-date look on where wave research stands: What do we know? What have we learned in the last decade? What are unanswered questions?

Organized into ten parts, each representing a specific space region, the book begins with waves in Earth’s ionosphere and progresses outward to various regions of Earth’s magnetosphere. Then, beyond geospace, waves in the solar wind, at the Moon, and in other planets’ magnetospheres are reviewed. Finally, the book finishes with waves in the Sun’s atmosphere.

More information, including a table of contents, can be found at the official Wiley website:

The book can be purchased in electronic form (E-Book) or as hardcover at the above website. Individual chapters can be downloaded from:

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Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA): Solar Observing

Timothy Bastian
31 Mar 2016

I am pleased to announce that the ALMA Cycle 4 call for proposals was issued on March 22 for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2016 through September 2017. For the first time, limited solar observing will be supported by ALMA. In particular, continuum observations in the 3 mm and 1.2 mm wavelength bands are being offered. Details regarding the call, instrument documentation, and details concerning solar observing with ALMA can be found at

Proposals must be prepared and submitted using the ALMA Observing Tool, which is available for download from the ALMA Science Portal at It will be necessary to register as a user to prepare and submit an ALMA proposal. Proposals will be assessed by competitive peer review by an international review committee. Proposals must be submitted by 1500 UT on Tuesday, April 21, 2016.

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BBSO and NSO Announcement of Support for ALMA Observations

Joseph McMullin
31 Mar 2016

The Cycle 4 Call for Proposals for the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array includes the long-awaited announcement that ALMA is now open for solar observing, opening an exciting new window to address key questions in solar physics.

Given the importance of this new science potential and the value of using all available diagnostics in these studies, the NSO and BBSO hereby declare our intention of making our respective facilities available for the acquisition of coordinated observations in support of all successful ALMA Cycle 4 solar proposals. Teams planning to submit ALMA Cycle 4 solar proposals may refer to this published declaration as evidence that such observations will be available, notwithstanding unavoidable limitations due to technical or weather problems.

NSO operates the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) and BBSO the New Solar Telescope (NST), both of which employ advanced instrumentation for imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry. The spatial resolution (0.07-0.3 arcsec), temporal cadence (1-30 sec), and range of photospheric and chromospheric diagnostics are highly complementary to the ALMA capabilities. The small separation in longitude between Atacama and the western US favors the possibility of getting high-quality, simultaneous observations from these facilities. NSO also operates the SOLIS synoptic instrument that takes full-disk images of the photospheric and chromospheric magnetic field and intensity, while BBSO operates a full-disk H-alpha imager, part of the Global H-alpha Network.

We encourage teams preparing Cycle 4 submissions to contact either facility if details of the observational capabilities are needed. Teams should also inform the facilities as soon as possible this fall when the outcome of the selection process is known so that the suitable observing period can be scheduled.

NSO Contact: [email protected]

BBSO Contact: [email protected]

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Employment Opportunities

SCOSTEP Visiting Scholarship – Call for Applications 2016

Marianna Shepherd
29 Mar 2016

The submission of applications for the 2016 SCOSTEP Visiting Scholarship is now open.

The SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) program is a capacity building activity of SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics), which complements the current scientific program, VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and its Terrestrial Impact, and SCOSTEP’s public outreach activities.

The objective of the SVS program is to provide training to young scientists and graduate students from developing countries in well-established solar terrestrial physics institutes, for one to three months. The training will help the young scientists to advance their career in solar terrestrial physics using the technique/skill they learned during the training. SCOSTEP will provide the airfare, while the host institute will provide the living expenses (accommodation, sustenance, ground transportation, visa fees and other incidentals). Trainees should have their own health insurance or arrange a provision with the host institution.

Interested candidates should contact one of the SVS program hosts listed at and work out the details of the visit. Once the applicant and the host agree on a visit, the applicant needs to prepare an application package including the following details of the visit: (i) work to be performed; (ii) applicant’s curriculum vitae, (iii) dates of the visit and an estimate of the airfare in economy class; (iv) letter from the applicant’s supervisor, and (v) a letter from the host scientist/institution. A single pdf file of the above materials should be sent to SCOSTEP’s Scientific Secretary, Dr. Marianna G. Shepherd (mshepher at Deadline for applications: May 25, 2016.

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Postdoctoral Position in Solar and Stellar Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Johannes Stecker
30 Mar 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar and stellar physics. The successful candidate is expected to join the new Max Planck Research Group “Solar and stellar magnetic activity – observations and modelling”, led by Maarit Käpylä. The research fields concentrate on the interpretation and time series analysis of the observational manifestations and the theoretical explanation of solar and stellar dynamo processes. 

The group has great competence in state-of-the-art MHD simulations of solar and stellar convective turbulence and the dynamo process. The group also leads and participates efforts to collect and analyse observational (photometric, spectroscopic and spectropolarimetric) data of magnetically active stars. The aim of the postdoctoral project is to advance the understanding of magnetic cycles in young solar-type stars and to contribute to the understanding of the different regimes of operation of solar and stellar dynamos.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and relevant experience in solar and stellar physics, data analysis or theory/numerical modelling.

The position is available as early as 1.9.2016 and is offered for a period of three years. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public services.

Applications, including a CV, a statement of research interests, a publication list and contact information of three potential referees should be sent as one pdf file to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin May 5, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For further information please contact Maarit Käpylä ([email protected]).

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

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Meeting Announcements 2016: Meeting of the Italian SOlar and HEliospheric Community – Second Announcement

Alessandro Bemporad22 Mar 2016

This is the second announcement for the meeting of the Italian solar and heliospheric physicists to be held in Rome, Italy on May 30, 31 and June 1, 2016. We will be hosted by ASI in the new headquarters in Via del Politecnico s/n.

This meeting provides a forum for the Italian solar and heliospheric physicists to constructively discuss topics of keen interest and to consolidate – and establish new- scientific collaborations. The meeting will consist of 3 main sections:

1) The dynamics and variability of the Sun, including: the initiation, generation, and development of solar eruptive events (flares, CMEs, SEPs, etc.);  the energy transfer mechanisms from the solar interior to the outer layers and to the solar wind (convective, radiative, ondulatory processes and their interaction with the magnetic field).

2) Influences of the solar related phenomena on the heliosphere, including: the interplanetary propagation of SEPs, CMEs and solar wind features (turbulence, shocks, CIRs, high speed streams, etc.); their interaction with planetary environments; the Space Weather perspective.

3) Advances in instrumentation and space missions

Registration is now open: just send an eMail with Name, Surname, Affiliation and id Document Details to [email protected] or visit the meeting website at:

The early registration fee is 200€, to be payed online via Paypal or direct transfer before 25th of May 2016. After this deadline, the on-site registration fee will be 250€, to be payed via Paypal or at the registration desk (cash only).

If you want to submit a contribute, add to the eMail the Title, the Author List and a Short Abstract (deadline:  25th of April 2016).

If you are asking for financial support, state it clearly in the eMail (deadline:  25th of April 2016).

The 2016 SOC:

Alessandro Bemporad, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino
Angela Ciaravella, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo
Serena Criscuoli , AURA- NSO/Boulder
Dario Del Moro, Univ. Degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Salvatore Luigi Guglielmino, Univ. Degli Studi di Catania
Monica Laurenza, INAF-IAPS Roma
Paolo Romano, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania
Thomas Straus, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
Antonio Vecchio, Lesia-Observatoire de Paris

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Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Critical Science Plan Development Workshop: REMINDER

Mark Rast
28 Mar 2016

4 June 2016, NSO Headquarters, Boulder

A one-day workshop dedicated to broadening community involvement in the development of the DKIST Critical Science Plan ( will be held on June 4, 2016 at NSO headquarters in Boulder following SPD2016 meeting earlier that week.  The workshop will include brief summary talks on the detailed capabilities of the DKIST telescope and instrument suite, a discussion of the purpose and scope of the Critical Science Plane, and real time development of Science Use Cases that will form the basis for observations at the start of operations.  The aim is to formulate and submit to the project, by the end of the workshop, PI lead use-cases that outline the scientific motivation, instrument suite, and observing strategies to be employed.  After the workshop and before the start of operations, these will be further developed by the PI, with the aid of the project, into observing proposals that will provide the framework for some of the first science observations to be made with the telescope.

Continental breakfast and a working lunch will be provided by the NSO, and some resources will be available to help defray the cost of the extended Boulder stay beyond the end of SPD meeting proper.  Special resources have been identified to support student participation.

If you are interested in participating and will attend the SPD meeting earlier in the week, please indicate your interest on the SPD registration form and you will be contacted with participation details.  If you will not be attending the SPD meeting but are interested in participating in the DKIST CSP workshop, or for more information, please contact [email protected].

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SHINE 2016 Workshop in Santa Fe, NM: Registration Open

Noé Lugaz
29 Mar 2016

The registration for the 2016 SHINE workshop is now open. SHINE will take place from July 11th to 15th (student day July 10th) in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the ElDorado hotel ( ). The scientific program (19 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website ( ).

This year, the registration fee includes one poster per person; extra posters can be presented for a fee of $50 per additional poster and by contacting me.

Important deadlines:
Student support request deadline: April 29th (through the SHINE website)
Early-bird registration ($425) deadline: May 20th – extra fee of $50 afterwards
Abstract Submission deadline: June 9th
Hotel Reservation deadline: June 9th (link provided on the SHINE website)

Looking forward to seeing you in Santa Fe in July.

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Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity – Cool Stars 19 Splinter Session

Rosaria Simoniello
29 Mar 2016

“Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity”
splinter session at the Cool Stars 19 meeting in Uppsala, Sweden.

June 7th and on June 9th, 2016

Co-chairs: Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello
Additional splinter SOC members: R. Collet; S. Criscuoli; H. Korhonen; N. Krivova; K. Olah; A. Shapiro; A. Vidotto; N. Vitas

We are pleased to announce that a two-afternoon splinter session on solar and stellar variability and activity will be held within this summer’s CS19 meeting.

The topics to be addressed include magnetic variability as a key to explore solar/stellar connection, and the origin of magnetic activity and variability throughout evolution.

Key questions/scientific motivation:
  • How does the Sun’s variability and activity compare to that of other solar-like stars?
  • What do we know about magnetically-driven variability and activity in FGK-type stars of different evolutionary stages?
In particular, the different sessions will focus on:
  1. Solar/stellar variability: observational properties and theory
  2. Stellar magnetic fields and their impact on the surrounding environment
  3. Rotation/Activity relation from stellar survey and theory
  4. Constraining Solar/Stellar dynamo theory

Sami K. Solanki, Mark S. Giampapa, Gibor S. Basri, Stephen Marsden and Suzanne Aigrain are (up to now) our confirmed invited speakers.

We kindly invite solar and stellar astrophysicists to present their latest results on this topic, in particular in relation to the solar-stellar connection and on the peculiarities and common features between magnetic activity and variability of our Sun and cool stars.

Please consider attending and contributing and save the dates to your diary.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday April 29th, 2016

For contributed talks, you can already send your abstract through the splinter webpage (

For posters, please note that abstracts should be submitted during the compulsory registration to the plenary session via the CS19 website at

Further announcements about this splinter session will follow soon including: additional confirmed invited speakers and other relevant instructions.

Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello
(on behalf of the SOC of the “Solar/Stellar Variability and Activity” splinter session)

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Hinode-10 Science Meeting & SOLAR-C Science Meeting (first announcement)

Kanya Kusano
30 Mar 2016

• Hinode-10 Science Meeting, Sep 5-8, 2016 and
• SOLAR-C Science Meeting, Sep 9, 2016

Sakata & Hirata Hall (Science South Building), Nagoya University (Higashiyama Campus), Nagoya, Japan

Hinode-10 Science Meeting and SOLAR-C Science Meeting will be held at Nagoya University, Japan from September 5 through 9, 2016. In this meeting, the tenth anniversary of the launch of Hinode will be commemorated, and the great achievement of Hinode will be summarized. Also the advancement of solar physics in the decade to come will be discussed. The meeting is centered more on review talks than previous meetings, but nevertheless, we also encourage participants to present the newest research results as contributed talks. After the four-day Hinode meeting, a SOLAR-C meeting will be organized (participation open to everyone), in order to prepare for the mission proposal jointly planned by JAXA, NASA and ESA.

The official website and the registration site of the meeting is open on April 1, 2016.

Important dates:
June 17: Deadline for abstract submission & financial support
July 31: Deadline for early-bird/online registration

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The Problem of the Magnetic Field Gradients in Sunspots: Workshop at the Paris Observatory

Veronique Bommier
31 Mar 2016

3–5 October 2016 (from noon to noon)
Centre International d’Ateliers Scientifiques, Meudon Castle, Meudon Observatory, Meudon, France

organized by Veronique Bommier
SOC: V. Bommier, H. Balthasar, E. Landi Degl’Innocenti, J.M. Malherbe

In sunspots, the measured gradients respectively vertical (dBz/dz) and horizontal (dBx/dx+dBy/dy) largely differ in the observations, whatever the methods, instruments or spectral lines are. All the measurements agree on a vertical gradient of about 3 G/km on the one hand, and an horizontal gradient of about 0.3 G/km on the other hand, which surprisingly questions the vanity of the apparent div • B computed from these values. Thus S. Solanki wrote in a review devoted to sunspots in 2003, p. 184 (S. Solanki, Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 2003, 11, 153): “No satisfactory solution has been found as yet for the unexpectedly small vertical gradients obtained by applying the div • B = 0 condition”.

The workshop is devoted to investigate the following question: do these measurements enable us to conclude about the local divergence of the magnetic field, and, if not, what effect explains the departure from zero of the observed value corresponding to a larger scale?

The workshop will be organized as follows: after presentation (V. Bommier), reports on the problem itself as observation result (H. Balthasar) and Stokes inversion and radiative transfer (E. Landi Degl’Innocenti), the discussion will remain free and open around a table, for together investigation of possible solutions or artifacts. Any other contribution prepared in advance is welcome.

Depending on the conclusions, the workshop would eventually be followed by a second one more aimed towards theory, in the following year.

Open Access paper by V. Bommier about this question:

If you wish to participate, send an e-mail to with the following information:
Name, Surname:
I wish to participate to the div • B workshop 3 – 5 October 2016 in Meudon.
Eventually: proposed oral contribution: (title, + eventually a short abstract)

Lunches in the Meudon canteen (and coffee breaks) will be offered. There are no fees.

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International School on Space Science SCOSTEP/ISWI

Nat Gopalswamy
31 Mar 2016

SCOSTEP/ISWI International School on Space Science
November 7–17, 2016
Sangli, Maharashtra, India

The SCOSTEP/ISWI International School on Space Science will be held at the Smt. Kasturbai Walchand College of Science & Arts, Sangli-416416, India during November 7 to 17, 2016. The school will be an excellent learning and enrichment opportunity for graduate students. The school is aimed at students who are perusing PhD in solar terrestrial physics and space science. Some masters students who have already some exposures in solar/space physics may also apply. Some financial assistance will be provided to students and scientists attending the school. Indian students will be reimbursed with train fare from their home institution. Total number of students to be selected 40 (from India) + 20 international. All selected students will be provided with local hospitality. The School is primarily sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Solar–Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) and the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI). There are also co-sponsors from many institutions in India and Japan.

Further details on the School schedule and on-line application are available at

Nat Gopalswamy, PK Manoharan, Dipankar Banerjee & Dadaso Shetti
School Directors

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Living around Active Stars: IAU Symposum 328

Dibyendu Nandi
31 Mar 2016

Living around Active Stars
17–21 October, 2016
Maresias, SP, Brazil

First Announcement

Rationale: The variable activity of stars such as the Sun is mediated via stellar magnetic fields, radiative and energetic particle fluxes, stellar winds and magnetic storms. This activity influences planetary atmospheres, climate and habitability. Studies of this intimate relationship between the parent star, its astrosphere (i.e., the equivalent of the heliosphere) and the planets that it hosts have reached a certain level of maturity within our own Solar System – fuelled both by advances in theoretical modelling and a host of satellites that observe the Sun–Earth system. In conjunction, the first attempts are being made to characterize the interactions between stars and planets and their coupled evolution, which have relevance for habitability and the search for habitable planets. This Symposium will bring together scientists from diverse, interdisciplinary scientific areas such as solar, stellar and planetary physics, atmospheric and climate physics and astrobiology to review the current state of our understanding of solar and stellar environments.  The Symposium is expected to fertilize exchange of ideas and identify outstanding issues – tackling which necessitates coordinated scientific efforts across disciplines.

Invited Speakers: Anil Bhardwaj (India), Cesar Bertucci (Argentina), Paul Charbonneau (Canada), Manuel Guedel (Austria), Gaitee Hussain (Germany), Moira Jardine (UK), Colin Johnstone (Austria), Laurène Jouve (France),  Eiichiro Kokubo (Japan), Hiroyuki Maehara (Japan), Jose Dias do Nascimento Jr. (Brazil), Rachel Olsten (USA), Katja Poppenhaeger (UK), Steve Saar (USA), Alexander Shapiro (Germany)

Specifics: The symposium will be held in the sea side town of Maresias, Brazil from 17–21 October, 2016. Further details, including registration, abstract submission, financial support and accommodation information are available at the conference websites:

Financial support application deadline: 30 April 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 16 June 2016
Early Registration deadline: 16 July 2016

On behalf of the Organizing Committees we welcome you to the IAUS 328 and look forward to hosting you in Maresias, Brazil.

Scientific Organizing Committee: Dibyendu Nandi (Chair), Sarah Gibson (Co-Chair), Pascal Petit (Co-Chair), Margit Haberreiter, Emre Isik, Heidi Korhonen, Kanya Kusano, Duncan Mackay, Cristina Mandrini, Allan Sacha-Brun, Adriana Valio, Aline Vidotto, David Webb

Local Organizing Committee: Adriana Valio (Chair), Gustavo Guerrero (Co-Chair), Alisson Dal Lago, Jorge Melendez, Emilia Correia, Caius L. Selhorst

Contact: [email protected]

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SPD 2016: SDO/HMI Data Calibration Splinter Session

Todd Hoeksema
31 Mar 2016

The Heliospheric and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) provides full-disk vector and line-of-sight magnetograms, photospheric images, and Doppler maps for scientific research and space weather forecasting. Though the HMI team strives to provide the best calibrated data to the community, several varieties of systematic error still require better understanding and further development of mitigation approaches. We encourage scientists interested in working with HMI data to consider submission of poster presentations on HMI calibration to the 2016 SPD meeting. There will be a splinter session at the meeting to promote discussion of issues related to HMI calibration and plans for future work. Information about the instrument and calibration can be found at

Todd Hoeksema and Alexei Pevtsov

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SPD 2016: Solar Eclipse 2017 Abstracts

Claire Raftery
31 Mar 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The SPD Education and Public Outreach committee would like to encourage those attending the SPD meeting in Boulder to submit abstracts on plans for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. This is an ideal opportunity to inform the community of your plans, seek support or volunteers, or identify opportunities for collaboration.  Please submit your abstract under “Education and Outreach” or “Corona”.

Claire Raftery

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SPD 2016: April 6 Abstract Deadline & Update on Support for Students & Early-Career Researchers

Valentin Martinez Pillet
31 Mar 2016

Dear Colleagues,

An important reminder for the upcoming 47th Solar Physics Division Meeting in Boulder, Colorado:

Early registration, SPD child care support, and *abstract submission* will close on April 6, 9:00 pm – FIRM !

Please visit to access all of the pertinent meeting-related sites. The final program of the meeting will be made available in late April.

Some additional funds have recently become available for supporting students and early-career researchers. If interested, please write to [email protected] by April 20 for further information.

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