Space Physics and Aeronomy

Issue 7, January 29, 2014

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1. ASTRONUM 2014, Long Beach, CA, U.S.A., 23–27 June, 2014
2. TEA IS 2014 - Collioure summerschool - 2nd announcement
3. Solutions to problem sets in “Solar Astrophysics” textbook
4. Book Announcement: Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles: Foundations 
of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas
5. Radiation Belt sessions at the upcoming URSI Conference (August 2014)
6. JOB OPENING: Post-doc positions at North-West University Potchefstroom
7. JOB OPENING: REU Program in Space Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech 
in Blacksburg, Virginia
8. Postdoctoral Researcher in Space Physics at the University of Kansas
9. 40th COSPAR Assembly, Moscow, Russia, August 2-10, 2014, General 
Information and List of SPA-related Sessions
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1. ASTRONUM 2014, Long Beach, CA, U.S.A., 23–27 June, 2014
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From: Nikolai Pogorelov 

Maison de la Simulation (CEA/CNRS/Inria/UPS/UVSQ), Paris, France and ICNS 
Meetings will organize ASTRONUM 2014 – the 9th Annual International 
Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows in Long Beach, CA, 
U.S.A., on 23–27 June, 2014.
 
The conference will cover the following topics:
 
(1) Advanced numerical methods for space, 
astrophysical and geophysical flows; (2) Large-scale 
fluid-based, kinetic, and hybrid simulations;
(3) Turbulence and 
cosmic ray transport; 
(4) 
Magnetohydrodynamics
(5) Software packages for modeling and analyzing plasma flows / 
Visualisation
 
with the application to
 
(1) Physics of the Sun-
Heliosphere-Magnetosphere; (2) 
Interstellar medium and star 
formation;
(3) Cosmology and 
galaxy formation; 
(4) Dynamo effect;
(5) Stellar Physics.
 
    The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading experts in 
applied mathematics, space physics, astrophysics, and geophysics to discuss 
the application of novel numerical algorithms and petascale parallelization 
strategies to computationally challenging problems.
    The conference will be structured around invited, 40-minute keynote and 
25-minute regular talks, and a limited number of contributed talks, with the 
attempt to have no parallel sessions. The conference web site of the 
conference is http://www.icnsmeetings.com/conference/astronum2014/index.html 
will provide the information about the conference venue, registration, and 
means of transportation. E-mail inquiries about the meeting should be 
directed to Nikolai.Pogorelov@uah.edu and Edouard.Audit@cea.fr.
     
    Program Committee: Tahar Amari (CNRS Ecole Polytechnique), Edouard 
Audit (CEA, Maison de la Simulation, co-chair), Phillip Colella 
(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Jo´ se-Mar´?a Iba´n˜ ez (University 
of Valencia), Ewald Mu¨ller (Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics, 
Garching), Nikolai Pogorelov (UAHuntsville, chair), Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto 
University), James Stone (Princeton University), Brian Van Straalen 
(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Gary Zank (UAHuntsville).
 
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2. TEA IS 2014 - Collioure summerschool - 2nd announcement
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From: Thomas Farges 

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the TEA-IS (Thunderstorm Effects on the Atmosphere-Ionosphere 
System) Steering Committee, we are happy to remind you that the TEA-IS Summer 
School will take place from June 23rd to June 27th, 2014, in Collioure, 
France. 

The goal of the summer school is to provide high-level lectures and training 
on Atmospheric Electricity. Prominent scholars in the field have agreed upon 
giving extensive tutorial talks and more focused topical lectures about 
relevant topics such as lightning, Transient Luminous events, Terrestrial 
Gamma Flashes, thunderstorms and their role in the atmosphere-ionosphere-
magnetosphere system. Contributions from students will be emphasized in 
special sessions with oral and posters presentations. 

More information is available on the Summer School website:

http://tea-is-2014.cnrs-orleans.fr/

** Important Deadlines ** 
Registration starts: February 1st, 2014 
Deadline to apply for Funding: February 15, 2014 
Abstract Submission: March 15, 2014 
 
The TEA-IS Summer School Local Organizing Committee: 
Elisabeth Blanc and Thomas Farges, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies 
Commission (CEA), France. 

Sebastien Celestin and Jean Louis Pinçon, Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry 
of the Environment and Space (LPC2E), University of Orleans, CNRS, France.

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3. Solutions to problem sets in “Solar Astrophysics” textbook
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From: Peter Foukal 

 Solutions to the problem sets in the text “Solar Astrophysics” are now 
available to instructors using the book for courses, through the Wiley 
publisher’s website at: www.wiley-
vch.de/publish/en/books/bySubjectPH00/ISBN3-527-41174-7. An up- to- date list 
of corrections to the text is also included. Click on “Instructors’ 
Resources” and fill out the publisher’s form to register for a password. Then 
sign in and access the “Manual of Solutions”. Should you encounter 
difficulties, the same material is also available from me at: 
pvfoukal@comcast.net. I hope the solutions prove useful. 

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4. Book Announcement: Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles: Foundations 
of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas
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From: Hui Zhang 

Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles:
Foundations of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas
 by Juan G. Roederer and Hui Zhang, 
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 
Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London (2014)

As mentioned in the Foreword by Dan Baker, this book is a new edition of 
Roederer’s classic “Dynamics of Geomagnetically Trapped Radiation”, updated 
and expanded. The main objective is to describe the dynamic properties of 
magnetically trapped particles in planetary radiation belts and plasmas and 
to explain the physical processes involved from the theoretical point of view. 
The approach is to examine in detail the orbital and adiabatic motion of 
individual particles in typical configurations of magnetic and electric 
fields of the magnetosphere and, from there, derive basic features of the 
particles’ collective behavior. Emphasis is not on the “what” but on the 
“why” of particle phenomena in near-earth space, providing a solid and clear 
understanding of the principal basic dynamic processes involved. Like in the 
first edition, the conservation theorems of adiabatic constants, their 
respective applications and consequences of their violations are discussed in 
detail. This book will also serve as an introduction to general collisionless 
plasma physics, with simple examples to illustrate and explain the physical 
origin of different types of plasma current systems and their self-organizing 
character via the magnetic field. Throughout the text, the conceptual virtues 
and hazards of using the mental image of moving field lines to understand 
relevant physical behavior are also discussed. The ultimate aim of the book 
is to help both graduate students and interested scientists to successfully 
face the challenges lying ahead in space physics by providing them with 
theoretical tools to correctly interpret data obtained from recent and 
upcoming dedicated satellite missions.

Available at:

http://www.springer.com/astronomy/extraterrestrial+physics%2C+space+sciences/

book/978-3-642-41529-6   and  http://www.amazon.com/

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5. Radiation Belt sessions at the upcoming URSI Conference (August 2014)
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From: Craig Rodger 

Dear colleagues  
 
I would like to alert you to the upcoming URSI General Assembly, which 
includes 2 sessions of radiation belt presentations, a tutorial on wave-
particle interactions by Yoshi Omura, and a number of other sessions relevant 
to workers in the inner magnetosphere. As with previous URSI General 
Assembly's, there is a strong focus on experimental and theoretical 
discussion on radiation belt physics, and plasma waves, with an additional 
set of discussions on energetic particle precipitation from the radiation 
belts.  
 
The abstract deadline is 15 February 2014  
The meeting will occur from 16-23 August 2014 in Beijing, PRC  
 
Conference website: http://www.chinaursigass.com  
 
*** Highly relevant sessions ***  
 
H1: Wave-particle Interactions and Their Effects on Planetary Radiation Belts  
Conveners: Jacob Bortnik, Craig J. Rodger, Richard B. Horne  
Date: Tuesday 19 August 2014  
 
HG1: Drivers, detection, and ionospheric impacts of precipitation from the 
radiation belts  
Conveners: C. J. Rodger, M. A. Clilverd  
Date: Wednesday 20 August 2014  
 
Tutorial: Yoshiharu Omura: "Theory and simulations of nonlinear wave-particle 
interactions in the planetary radiation belts"  
Date: Tuesday 19 August 2014  
 
Please consider submitting an abstract to our sessions, and travelling to 
Beijing to attend this conference! Note that there is also a very strong URSI 
Young Scientist programme, which will provide support for over 100 young 
researchers to attend this meeting (for developed countries this support 
extends to registration fees, accommodation, and a party). There is a Student 
Paper prize. Thus this conference is a good opportunity for both you, and any 
early career scientists you know of (under 35)!  
 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS  
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of URSI, the instructions for abstract 
submission appear more focused on submitting a 4-page. However, for normal 
submissions of an oral or poster presentation, or an invited presentation, 
our sessions _actually_ only require a 200-500 word abstract. You will need 
to make a PDF of the abstract and upload it into the conference website, as 
well as filling in a form (and going through a copyright agreement process).  
 
Note that if you are an early career research applying for a URSI Young 
Scientist Award you _will_ need to upload the full 4-page paper. This will be 
used by the URSI national committees to rank the applicants and determine who 
gets the support.  
 
Best wishes,  
 
Craig  
 
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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS  
 
 
H1: Wave-particle Interactions and Their Effects on Planetary Radiation Belts  
 
Conveners: Jacob Bortnik , Craig J. Rodger 
, Richard B. Horne   
 
Summary: Wave-particle interactions are a ubiquitous physical phenomenon that 
allows the exchange of energy and momentum between natural plasma waves, and 
energetic radiation belt particles. In so doing, the wave can act as an 
energy conduit between different particle energies, species, or both. In this 
session we discuss the various plasma waves that control planetary radiation 
belt dynamics, their specific effects on the particles, both individually and 
in concert, and the various modes of wave-particle interactions, for instance 
linear, quasi-linear, nonlinear and non-resonant. We welcome both theoretical 
and observational studies involving the radiation belts of the Earth or other 
planets. We particularly encourage early results from the Van Allen Probes. 
Note that studies directed towards radiation belt particle precipitation and 
its affects are likely better suited to the complementary session HG1.  
 
 
HG1: Drivers, detection, and ionospheric impacts of precipitation from the 
radiation belts  
 
Conveners: C. J. Rodger,   
M. A. Clilverd   
 
Summary: Particle precipitation into the atmosphere is believed to be one of 
the dominant mechanisms for the loss of energetic electron loss from the Van 
Allen radiation belts, as well as ring current ions. Wave-particle 
interactions with ULF through to VLF waves are thought to be important 
drivers of these loss-events. This session is targeted at both ground-based 
and satellite experimental observations, as well as theoretical 
investigations, into the precipitation of energetic (>20 keV) and 
relativistic electrons or ring current ions. Papers considering wave-particle 
interactions driving losses, measurement of loss fluxes, or the effects of 
this precipitation on the ionosphere are welcome. We particularly welcome 
early results from the Van Allen Probes, the BARREL campaign, or studies from 
existing ground and space based experiments. Note that studies directed 
towards radiation belt electron acceleration or transport are likely better 
suited to the complementary session H1.

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6. JOB OPENING: Post-doc positions at North-West University Potchefstroom
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From: Flex Spanier 

 The Centre for Space Research (CSR) at the North-West University in 
Potchefstroom, South Africa announces two postdoctoral research fellowships 
- in Heliospheric Physics, with focus on computational modelling of the 
transport of charged particles in the heliosphere. (Prof. M.S. Potgieter, 
Marius.Potgieter@nwu.ac.za) 
- in High-energy astrophysics, with a focus on cosmic particle acceleration 
and gamma-ray production in ActiveGalactic Nuclei. The group seeks to hire a 
researcher with experience in the field of numerical methods, preferably 
particle-in-cell codes. (Prof. M. Böttcher, Markus.Bottcher@nwu.ac.za / Prof. 
F. Spanier, felix@fspanier.de ) 

The successful candidates will be expected to play an active role in research 
using the facilities of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in 
South Africa. Successful candidates will also be involved in the teaching of 
physics and supervision of research projects for post graduate students. The 
CSR has a strong research record on various aspects of theoretical and 
computational Heliospheric Physics, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays and 
Astrophysics. The two groups have strong research teams with their 
computational research internationally recognized within the Cosmic Ray, 
Heliospheric & Space Physics and Astrophysics communities. 

Applicants must have a recent PhD in Computational Physics (or Space Physics, 
Heliospheric Physics, Cosmic Ray Physics, Astrophysics). The appointment will 
be for up to two years contingent upon available funding and satisfactory 
performance. 

Candidates should submit electronically a CV and a cover letter describing 
their research experience and interests, and the names and contact 
information for three references, by May 1, 2014, to the respective contact 
person. The appointees will be expected to commence duties not later than 1 
July 2014. The position will remain open until filled. The North-West 
University is committed to diversity and equality in education and 
employment. 

For more information, contact Prof. Potgieter or Prof. Böttcher by email. 
Visit http://www.puk.ac.za/fakulteite/natuur/phys/index_e.html to learn more 
about the CSR and its people.

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7. JOB OPENING: REU Program in Space Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech 
in Blacksburg, Virginia
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From: Robert Clauer 

The REU Program in Space Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech in 
Blacksburg, Virginia is currently recruiting talented undergraduate students 
who are completing their junior year.  A wide variety of research activities 
are available for students to join as well as mentoring in academic, research 
and outreach skills.  Further information, as well as a printable flyer, and 
application information are available at our web site: 

http://www.space.vt.edu/REU/.

Briefly: 
 
  PROGRAM DATES:  JUNE 2, 2014 - AUGUST 8, 2014 
  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FEBRUARY 14, 2014 
  SUPPORT PACKAGE:  Stipend $5000. 
                                  On-Campus housing 
                                  Food allowance 
                                  Travel allowance 
 
  APPLY AT:  http://www.space.vt.edu/REU/

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8. Postdoctoral Researcher in Space Physics at the University of Kansas
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From: Tizby Hunt-Ward 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in space physics at the 
University of Kansas beginning as early as March 24, 2014.  Ph.D. in physics, 
astronomy, or a related field associated with space physics within six months 
of appointment and experience in space physics or astrophysics or related 
field.  The initial appointment is for one year with probable renewal for 
another year subject to review and continued grant funding.  Candidates with 
relevant interests and experience are sought.  For complete position 
announcement and to apply on-line go http://employment.ku.edu/jobs/4669. A 
complete electronic application will include:  letter of application, 
curriculum vitae, statement of research, list of publications and a list of 3 
references.  In addition, applicants should arrange for the three cited 
references to send letters of reference to:  Thomas E. Cravens, Professor, 
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, 1251 Wescoe Hall Dr., 
1082 Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045-7582 or cravens@ku.edu. 
 
Initial review of applications will begin March 1, 2014, and will continue 
until the position is filled.  Inquiries can be made by email to 
cravens@ku.edu with a copy to tizby@ku.edu.  Equal Opportunity Employer 
M/F/D/V.

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9. 40th COSPAR Assembly, Moscow, Russia, August 2-10, 2014, General 
Information and List of SPA-related Sessions
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From: Editor 

Submission of abstracts for the 40th Scientific Assembly of the 
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is now underway.  COSPAR 2014 
will bring together approximately 2500 scientists and engineers from 
the world over to present the latest results in 119 symposia 
covering all areas of space science. 

- Abstract deadline:  14 February 2014
- Early registration deadline:  17 May 2014

Scientific program, abstract submission, Assembly poster, etc.:

https://www.cospar-assembly.org

Registration, accommodation and general information:

http://cospar2014moscow.com/

The program for distinguished interdisciplinary lectures is now 
available and may be consulted at:

https://www.cospar-assembly.org

*List of SPA-related Sessions*

Scientific Commission B:
Space Studies of the Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of 
the Solar System

B0.1    Lunar Science and Exploration
B0.2    Mars Exploration and Science
B0.3    Outer Solar System: New Data – Future Prospects
B0.4    Small Bodies Exploration: Past, Present and Future Missions
B0.5    Dust and Rings (in the Solar System and Beyond)
B0.7    Exploration of Venus
B0.8    Planetary Data Management and Exploitation
B0.9    Highlights in Planetary Science and Exploration

Scientific Commission C:
Space Studies of the Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets 
including Reference Atmospheres

C0.1    International Standards for the Space Environment
C0.2    Advances in Remote Sensing of the Middle and Upper 
Atmospheres and 
      Ionosphere from the Ground and from Space, including Sounding 
Rockets
      and Multi-instrument Studies
C0.3    New Generation Middle and Upper Atmosphere Radars: 
Applications and 
      Development
C0.4    Ionospheric Disturbances Observed through very Low Frequency 
Radio 
      Waves
C1.1    Recent Advances in Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude 
Mesosphere, 
      Thermosphere and Ionosphere Studies
C1.2    10th Thermospheric, Ionospheric, Geospheric (TIGER) Symposium
C1.3    Coupled Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere 
System
C2.1    Physics and Chemistry of the High Latitude Mesosphere Lower 
      Thermosphere
C2.2    Wave Coupling Processes in the Whole Atmosphere
C2.3    Advances in Extra-Terrestrial Forcing Studies for the Middle 
Atmosphere 
      and Lower Ionosphere
C3.1    Planetary Atmospheres
C3.2    Planetary Upper Atmospheres, Ionospheres and Magnetospheres
C3.3    Modelling of Planetary Atmospheres
C4.1    Improved Representation of the Ionosphere in Real Time and 
      Retrospective Mode
C4.2    Development of Models Related to the COSPAR International 
Reference 
      Atmosphere (CIRA)
C4.3    Reference Atmosphere of Venus and Mars (VIRA and MIRA)
C5.1    Active Experiments and Processes Related to Space Plasmas
C5.2    Dusty Plasmas in Space

Scientific Commission D:
Space Plasmas in the Solar System, including Planetary 
Magnetospheres

D0.1    Highlights of the Heliosphere, the Sun, and Magnetospheres
D1.1    Global Structure of the Heliosphere: Observations, Theory, 
and Modeling
D1.2    Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere; from Pickup Ions to 
Anomalous 
      Cosmic Rays
D1.3    Galactic Cosmic Rays in the Heliosphere: Theory and 
Observations
D1.4    Cosmic Ray Anisotropies and the Heliotail
D2.1    Reconnection - from the Sun to Planets and the Galaxy
D2.2    Space Climate
D2.3    Challenges in Heliophysics and Space Weather: What 
Instrumentation for 
      the Future?
D2.4    The Science with Future Solar Missions, from the Sun to the 
Heliosphere
D2.5    Energy Release and Particle Acceleration and Transport in 
Flares, CMEs, 
      and the Heliosphere
D3.1    Multiscale Plasma Processes: Theory, Simulations and 
Multipoint 
      Magnetospheric Observations
D3.2    Magnetic Substorms and Peculiarities of Tail Dynamics
D3.3    Highlights of Magnetospheric Plasma Physics
D3.4    Plasma Heating and Acceleration Processes in the 
Magnetosphere
D3.5    Plasma Transport across Magnetospheric Boundaries
D4.1    Active Experiments and Processes Related to Space Plasmas
D4.2    Dusty Plasmas in Space

Scientific Commission E:
Research in Astrophysics from Space

E1.14    Exoplanets
E1.6    Origin of Cosmic Rays
E2.1    Coronal Magnetism
E2.2    Solar Photospheric and Coronal Magnetic Field Diagnostics
E2.3    Energy Transfer from the Photosphere to the Corona (IRIS)
E2.4    Many Scales of Magnetic Flux Emergence
E2.5    Flows in Solar Flares
E2.6    Heating of the Corona (Inst., Solar, Stellar)
E2.7    MHD Seismology of Solar, Space and Astrophysical Plasmas
E3.1    Reconnection - from the Sun to Planets and the Galaxy
E3.2    Space Climate
E3.3    Challenges in Heliophysics and Space Weather: What 
Instrumentation for 
      the Future?
E3.4    The Science with Future Solar Missions, from the Sun to the 
Heliosphere
E3.5    Energy Release and Particle Acceleration and Transport in 
Flares, CMEs, 
      and the Heliosphere

Scientific Commission P:
Panels

PE.2    Issues in Education and Public Awareness of Space Activities 
and 
      Sciences
PEDAS.1  Space Debris - Responding to a Dynamic Environment
PEX.1    International Coordination of Planning for Space Exploration
PRBEM.1  Recent and Upcoming Observations of the Radiation Belts.
PRBEM.2  Recent Advances in Empirical and Theoretical Models of the 
        Radiation Belts
PSB.1    Scientific Ballooning: Recent Development in Technology and 
      Instrumentation
PSD.1    Satellite Dynamics for Earth and Solar System Sciences and 
Applications
PSW.1    Research Directed toward Space Weather Services
PSW.2    Solar Cycle 24: A Cross-Disciplinary View of this Solar 
Maximum
PSW.3    Planetary and Solar System Space Weather

Scientific Commission S:
Specials
S.3  Advanced Data Analysis in Space Science




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