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Solar Orbiter: Synergy between Observations and Theory
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 10 Nov 2017 - 10:30
End Time: 10 Nov 2017 - 15:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting Organisers: Duncan Mackay (St. Andrews); Andrzej Fludra (RAL); Louise Harra (MSSL); Tim Horbury (Imperial); Chris Owen (MSSL)


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The ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission will employ a suite of solar remote sensing and in-situ helio-spheric instruments. UK groups have been active in these and related fields for many years in advanced observational and theoretical investigations. Due to the close proximity of its launch date, the time is now ideal to bring together observers and theoretical modellers to initiate a synergy between the two areas of Solar Orbiter science. We will explore science relevant to the unique capability of Solar Orbiters remote sensing solar and in-situ helio-spheric instruments.


1000 – 1030: Tea/Coffee in RAS Library.
Chair: L Harra
1030 - 1100: "Solar Orbiter – Science Overview" - Daniel Mueller, ESA.
1100 - 1130: "Modelling and Data Analysis Tools for the Solar Orbiter mission" –
Alexis Rouillard, IRAP.
1130 - 1145: "Using ALPS with Solar Orbiter to Understand Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Wind" - Daniel Verscharen, MSSL/UCL.

Chair: D Mackay
1145 - 1200: "Solar Wind Reconnection: Recent Results and Prospects for Solar Orbiter" – Jonathan Eastwood, Imperial College London.
1200 - 1215: "A Model for Coronal Jets with Filaments" - Peter Wyper, Durham University.
1215 - 1230: "On the synergy between Solar Orbiter and DKIST coronal observations" – Giulio Del Zanna, University of Cambridge.
1230 - 1245: "Observed in-situ properties of the slow solar wind at 0.3 AU" - David Stansby, Imperial College London.

1245 - 1400: Lunch

Chair: T Horbury
1400 - 1415: "Solar Energetic Particle propagation along meandering field lines" - Timo Laitinen, University of Central Lancashire.
1415 - 1430: "Modelling of flux rope ejections in active region, a case study from 2 August 2011" - Paolo Pagano, University of St Andrews.
1430 - 1445: "Using in-situ composition and charge-state data to diagnose solar wind and coronal mass ejection formation processes"- Mathew Owens, University of Reading.

Chair: A Fludra
1445 - 1500: "Simulation the coronal evolution of bipolar ARs using SDO/ HMI LOS
magnetograms" - Stephanie Yardley, University of St Andrews.
1500 - 1515: "Detection of 3-minute Oscillations in Full-Disk Lya Emission During a Solar Flare" - Ryan Milligan, University of Glasgow.
1515 - 1530: "Reconstructing the coronal magnetic field: a model comparison" -
Anthony Yeates, Durham University.

1. "Cyclotron Resonance in Solar Wind Turbulence at Ion Kinetic Scales" - Lloyd D.
Woodham, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London.
2. "Investigating the effect of IMF path length on strahl beam width broadening",
Georgina Graham, MSSL.
3. "High speed wind spikes: a possible signature of solar jets?", Tim Horbury, Imperial College London.
4. "Kinetic Alfvén Waves (KAWs) in the Solar Win" - Honghong Wu, MSSL and Peking University.
5. "Solar Orbiter: The Solar Wind Analyser Investigation" - Christopher J Owen,
6. "The EUV Imagers on Solar Orbiter", Louise Harra and the EUI team, UCL/MSSL.
7. "The Solar Orbiter magnetometer" - Tim Horbury, Imperial College London.
8. "Tests for coronal electron temperature signatures in suprathermal electron
populations at 1 AU" - Allan R. Macneil, MSSL/UCL.
9. "Determining kappa distributions of solar wind plasma from observations in a limited energy range" - Georgios Nicolaou, UCL/MSSL.
10. "Active Region Jets in the Solar Atmosphere" – Sargam Mulay, University of
11. "Science goals of the SPICE EUV spectrometer for the Solar Orbiter mission" - A. Fludra, RAL.