Solar Eruptive Events (SEE) 2020 Mission Concept

Citation:

Lin RP, Caspi A, Krucker S, Hudson H, Hurford G, Bandler S, Christe S, Davila J, Dennis B, Holman G, et al. Solar Eruptive Events (SEE) 2020 Mission Concept. [Internet]. Submitted.

Abstract:

Major solar eruptive events (SEEs), consisting of both a large flare and a near simultaneous large fast coronal mass ejection (CME), are the most powerful explosions and also the most powerful and energetic particle accelerators in the solar system, producing solar energetic particles (SEPs) up to tens of GeV for ions and hundreds of MeV for electrons. The intense fluxes of escaping SEPs are a major hazard for humans in space and for spacecraft. Furthermore, the solar plasma ejected at high speed in the fast CME completely restructures the interplanetary medium (IPM) - major SEEs therefore produce the most extreme space weather in geospace, the interplanetary medium, and at other planets. Thus, understanding the flare/CME energy release process(es) and the related particle acceleration processes are major goals in Heliophysics. To make the next major breakthroughs, we propose a new mission concept, SEE 2020, a single spacecraft with a complement of advanced new instruments that focus directly on the coronal energy release and particle acceleration sites, and provide the detailed diagnostics of the magnetic fields, plasmas, mass motions, and energetic particles required to understand the fundamental physical processes involved.

Notes:

White Paper submitted to the Heliophysics Decadal Survey. Available as LinRobertP-SH.pdf on p. 7 at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/SSBSurvey/publicviewHeliophysics.aspx

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