SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, September 13, 2010
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Spiro Antiochos
Goddard Space Flight Center
The Dynamic Connection Between the Sun and Heliosphere

Since the pioneering theoretical work of Parker in 1958, later confirmed by satellite observations in the heliosphere, it has been known that the Sun's atmosphere streams continuously outward in the form of a supersonic wind. At a basic level the origin of the wind is straightforward: the difference in gas pressure between the Sun's million-degree corona and the tenuous interstellar plasma causes the corona to expand outward. The Sun's intense magnetic field, however, adds both structure and dynamics to this simple picture. The field divides the corona into regions that are "open" (i.e., connect to the heliosphere and "closed" (confined to the Sun). Furthermore, the field structures the heliosphere into quasi-steady "fast" wind and fully dynamic "slow" wind. The fast wind has been clearly observed to originate in open coronal regions, but the source of the slow wind has long been one of the major problems in solar/heliospheric physics. I will present an overview of our present state of knowledge of the corona and wind, and then discuss a new theory, the S-Web model, that may explain the slow wind.


Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Victoria at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.