A TRMM/GPM retrieval of the total mean generator current for the global electric circuit

Global mean distribution of Wilson current for the GEC (1.6 kA total)
Monday, October 16, 2017

A specialized satellite version of the passive microwave electric field retrieval algorithm (Peterson et al., 2015) is applied to observations from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites to estimate the generator current for the Global

Nature of Grand Minima and Maxima from Fully Non-Linear Flux-Transport Dynamos

Identified Grand Minima and Maxima
Thursday, September 7, 2017

We aim to investigate the nature and occurrence characteristics of grand solar minimum and maximum periods, which are observed in the solar proxy records such as 10Be and 14C, using a fully non-linear Babcock-Leighton type flux transport dynamo including momentum and entropy equations.

Origins of the Ambient Solar Wind: Implication for Space Weather

Carrington rotation stack plots
Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Sun’s outer atmosphere is heated to temperatures of millions of degrees, and solar plasma flows out into interplanetary space at supersonic speeds. This paper reviews our current understanding of these interrelated problems: coronal heating and the acceleration of the ambient solar wind.

Joan Burkepile Mentors Middle-School Girls for Over a Decade

Joan Burkepile leading STEM hands-on workshop

For over a decade, Joan Burkepile has participated in the STEM conference for middle school girls called “Expanding Your Horizons,” at CU Boulder. These one-day hands-on workshops are led by women professionals and are designed to be fun and exploratory.

Efficient Radiative Transfer for Dynamically Evolving Stratified Atmospheres

Static FALC model.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Language Summary or Abstract: We present a fast multi-level and multi-atom non-LTE radiative transfer method for dynamically evolving stratified atmospheres, such as the solar atmosphere. The preconditioning method of Rybicki & Hummer (RH92) is adopted.

Emergence of magnetic flux generated in a solar convective dynamo I

Evolution of the vertical component of the magnetic field
Friday, August 25, 2017

Formation of Sunspots and Active regions, and Origin of Their Asymmetries—We present a realistic numerical model of sunspot and active region formation based on the emergence of flux bundles generated in a solar convective dynamo.

The Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) Mission

Simulation of GOLD atomic oxygen emissions
Monday, August 14, 2017

The NASA Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is a dual-channel imaging spectrograph that will be carried on a commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Launch is scheduled for January, 2018.

Frontiers eBook on Coronal Magnetometry now available for free download


Magnetism defines the complex and dynamic solar corona. It determines the magnetic loop structure that dominates images of the corona, and stores the energy necessary to drive coronal eruptive phenomena and flare explosions.

An Explanation of Remarkable Emission Line Profiles In Post-Flare Coronal Rain

Intensity profiles of the Mg II h and k lines
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We study broad red-shifted emission in chromospheric and transition region lines that appears to correspond to a form of post-flare coronal rain.


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