SSC Seminar: Solar Close Observations of Proximity Experiments (SCOPE)

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 3:10pm to 4:10pm

Morse Hall rm 301 -OR- Zoom

Speaker: Jun Lin, Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Science

Abstract: We are introducing a deep space mission of great scientific importance and applied significance. The mission will perform an in situ measurement of the central structure, namely the current sheet in which fast magnetic reconnection takes place and drive the solar eruption. The purpose of this mission is to detect the fine physical property of large scale reconnection occurring on the Sun, our nearest star, describing the detailed feature of the most violent energy release process in the solar system. The main scientific goal of the mission, magnetic reconnection, is the kernel process of the energy conversion occurring in the magnetized plasma in the universe, and has long been a fairly important topic in solar physics, space science, and the related fields. In addition to the reconnection current sheet, the coronal magnetic field, the CME-driven shock, the observational consequences of the corona heating, even the magnetic field and the plasma behavior in the polar region are also the targets of this mission. All in all, this mission will provide us an unprecedented platform that allows us to understand the Sun, and eventually resolve the long-standing puzzle regarding the key physical feature of the solar eruption and that of the corona heating. 

Check out our upcoming Space Science Center Seminar Series, as well as view previous recordings.