Dispersive Suprathermal Ion Events Observed by the Parker Solar Probe Mission

S. T. Alnussirat, R. Livi, D. E. Larson, A. Rahmati, P. L. Whittlesey, O. Romeo, S. T. Badman, Milo Buitrago-Casas, Juan Carlos Martínez Oliveros, M. Pulupa, S. D. Bale, J. Huang, J. Verniero, N. Raouafi, Donald Mitchell, D. J. McComas, Matt Hill, Christina Cohen

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During Encounter 11, Parker Solar Probe observed a low-energy dispersive ions event of solar origin. The event was observed in the SPAN-I and IS⊙IS EPI-Lo sensors. The event started at a few MeV energy in the EPI-Lo sensor and progressed down in energy to ≈1 keV and merged with the bulk of the solar wind. This event is substantially different from typical solar energetic particles because the energetic population shows a distinct peak in the energy spectrum that descends in energy (not a power-law tail). In this Letter, we explore this event’s nature, origin, and characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL32
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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