SH019:
Understanding the Role of Magnetic Flux Ropes in Heliophysics





Session ID#: 26648

Session Description:
Magnetic flux ropes occur over a wide range of spatial scales throughout the heliosphere. Most well-known are large-scale flux ropes usually associated with magnetic cloud structures inside interplanetary coronal mass ejections. These structures are observed to contribute to Forbush decreases in solar energetic particles and low-energy cosmic rays, among other effects. However, evidence is accumulating for the existence of a distinct, but less well understood, category of small-scale magnetic flux ropes in the solar wind, the origin of which is still being debated. Furthermore, flux rope (island, or plasmoid) structures exist in Earth's magnetosphere and solar corona. These structures, being dynamically active through processes such as compression, contraction, and merging, are thought to play an important role in converting magnetic energy into suprathermal particle energy. We solicit observational, theoretical, and simulation contributions that will shed light on the fundamental physics of these flux rope structures in heliophysics.
Primary Convener:  Jakobus Albertus le Roux, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States
Conveners:  Qiang Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States and Quanming Lu, USTC University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Cross-Listed:
  • SM - SPA-Magnetospheric Physics
Index Terms:

2744 Magnetotail [MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS]
7519 Flares [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7835 Magnetic reconnection [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]
7845 Particle acceleration [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Xiaocan Li1, Fan Guo2, Hui Li2 and Shengtai Li2, (1)Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States, (2)Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Jens von der Linden1, Jason Sears1, Thomas Intrator2 and Setthivoine You3, (1)Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States, (2)Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States, (3)University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Gary M Webb, University of Alabama in Huntsville, CSPAR, Huntsville, AL, United States, Qiang Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States, Stephen Anco, Brock University, Department of Mathematics, St Catharines, ON, Canada and Gary Paul Zank, Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, Huntsville, AL, United States
Qiang Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Department of Space Science and CSPAR, Huntsville, AL, United States and Jinlei Zheng, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States
Jia Huang1,2, Yong Liu1, Jun Peng1,2 and Berndt Klecker3, (1)NSSC National Space Science Center, CAS, Beijing, China, (2)UCAS University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, College of Earth Sciences, Beijing, China, (3)Max Planck Institut for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
Sean William Thompson, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, United States, Jakobus Albertus le Roux, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, United States and Qiang Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States
Mateja Dumbovic, University of Graz, Graz, Austria and Manuela Temmer, University of Graz, Institute of Physics, Graz, Austria
Benjamin J Lynch, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States and Aleida Katherine Higginson, University of Michigan, AOSS, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Jakobus Albertus le Roux, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States
Senbei Du1, Fan Guo2, Gary Paul Zank3, Xiaocan Li4 and Adam Stanier4, (1)University of Alabama in Huntsville, Department of Space Science, Huntsville, AL, United States, (2)Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, United States, (3)Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, Huntsville, AL, United States, (4)Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Lican Shan1, Christian Xavier Mazelle2, Karim Meziane3, Norberto Julio Romanelli4, Yasong Ge1, Aimin Du1 and Tielong Zhang5, (1)Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, (2)IRAP, University of Toulouse, CNRS, UPS, CNES, Toulouse, France, (3)University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, (4)LATMOS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, (5)Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Huanyu Wang1, Yu Lin2, Quanming Lu3 and Xueyi Wang2, (1)University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, (2)Auburn University, Physics Department, Auburn, AL, United States, (3)Collaborative Innovation Center of Astronautical Science and Technology, Hefei, China
Shimou Wang1, Rongsheng Wang1 and Quanming Lu2, (1)University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, (2)USTC University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Mark Linton, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, United States and Living with a Star Targeted Science Team on "Investigating the Origin and Evolution of Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Heliosphere"
Marc Swisdak, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, Joel Timothy Dahlin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States and James Frederick Drake, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States
Linda Sugiyama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States and Mahboubeh Asgari-Targhi, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, United States
Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, United States, Mark Linton, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, United States, Angelos Vourlidas, Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins, Space Department, Laurel, MD, United States and Miguel A. UAH Hidalgo, Alcala University, Madrid, Spain