Space physics

Space physics is the study of the natural phenomenon that occur in our solar system. Specifically, the sun, the particles and radiation it creates and how these affect the planets. This includes the solar wind and its interaction with the Earth and near-Earth space; so-called space weather.

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    Various physical mechanisms are proposed to explain the heating observed in turbulent astrophysical plasmas. Here, Chen et al. find a signature consistent with one of these mechanisms, electron Landau damping, by applying a field-particle correlation technique to in situ spacecraft data of turbulence in the Earth’s magnetosheath.

    • C. H. K. Chen
    • , K. G. Klein
    •  & G. G. Howes
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    Surface waves on the boundary between a magnetosphere and the surrounding plasma might get trapped by the ionosphere forming an eigenmode. Here, Archer et al. show direct observations of this proposed mechanism at Earth’s magnetosphere by analyzing the response to an isolated fast plasma jet detected by the THEMIS satellites.

    • M. O. Archer
    • , H. Hietala
    • , M. D. Hartinger
    • , F. Plaschke
    •  & V. Angelopoulos
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    Observations reveal that electrons in Earth’s outer radiation belt possess a spectrum that partially rises with increasing energy, contrary to common beliefs. Plasma hiss waves scattered off electrons are found to be the origin of this phenomenon.

    • H. Zhao
    • , B. Ni
    • , X. Li
    • , D. N. Baker
    • , W. R. Johnston
    • , W. Zhang
    • , Z. Xiang
    • , X. Gu
    • , A. N. Jaynes
    • , S. G. Kanekal
    • , J. B. Blake
    • , S. G. Claudepierre
    • , M. A. Temerin
    • , H. O. Funsten
    • , G. D. Reeves
    •  & A. J. Boyd
  • Research | | open

    Electron precipitation plays major role in magnetospheric physics and space weather. Here the authors show nonlinear behavior of the wave–particle interaction in the magnetosphere as the evolution of chorus electromagnetic waves detected by the Arase satellite and PWING observatory.

    • Mitsunori Ozaki
    • , Yoshizumi Miyoshi
    • , Kazuo Shiokawa
    • , Keisuke Hosokawa
    • , Shin-ichiro Oyama
    • , Ryuho Kataoka
    • , Yusuke Ebihara
    • , Yasunobu Ogawa
    • , Yoshiya Kasahara
    • , Satoshi Yagitani
    • , Yasumasa Kasaba
    • , Atsushi Kumamoto
    • , Fuminori Tsuchiya
    • , Shoya Matsuda
    • , Yuto Katoh
    • , Mitsuru Hikishima
    • , Satoshi Kurita
    • , Yuichi Otsuka
    • , Robert C. Moore
    • , Yoshimasa Tanaka
    • , Masahito Nosé
    • , Tsutomu Nagatsuma
    • , Nozomu Nishitani
    • , Akira Kadokura
    • , Martin Connors
    • , Takumi Inoue
    • , Ayako Matsuoka
    •  & Iku Shinohara

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Until now, radio astronomers had to choose between sensitivity or field of view. The new Apertif system provides both, enabling studies of low-mass galaxies, galaxy interactions and fast radio bursts, write Betsey Adams and Joeri van Leeuwen.

    • Elizabeth A. K. Adams
    •  & Joeri van Leeuwen
  • News and Views |

    Microphotonic frequency combs are chip-based light sources, until now confined to optics laboratories. Improved stabilities usher these devices out of the lab and into high-resolution astronomic spectrometer systems.

    • Piotr Roztocki
    •  & Roberto Morandotti
    Nature Astronomy 3, 135-136
  • News |

    A decree by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has established a national space agency, but many details are still to come.

    • Çağrı Mert Bakırcı-Taylor
    Nature 566, 20-21
  • News and Views |

    How Nature reported anxiety about a Mars probe in 1969, and the lack of scientists in the British government in 1919.