A 17 June 2011 polar jet and its presence in the background solar wind

H. S. Yu, B. V. Jackson, Y. H. Yang, N. H. Chen, A. Buffington, P. P. Hick

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High-speed jet responses in the polar solar wind are enigmatic. Here we measure a jet response that emanates from the southern polar coronal hole on 17 June 2011 at the extreme speed of over 1200 km/s. This response was recorded from the Sun-Earth line in Solar Dynamics Observatory/Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (SDO/AIA) and Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph/C2 and both Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Extreme Ultraviolet Imager and COR2 coronagraphs when the three spacecraft were situated ~90° from one another. These certify the coronal 3-D location of the response that is associated with an existing solar plume structure and show its high speed to distances of over 14 RS. This jetting is associated with magnetic flux changes in the polar region as measured by the SDO/Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager instrumentation over a period of several hours. The fastest coronal response observed can be tracked to a time near the period of greatest flux changes and to the onset of the brightest flaring in AIA. This high-speed response can be tracked directly as a small patch of outward moving brightness in coronal images as in Yu et al. (2014) where three slower events were followed from the perspective of Earth. This accumulated jet response has the largest mass and energy we have yet seen in 3-D reconstructions from Solar Mass Ejection Imager observations, and its outward motion is certified for the first time using interplanetary scintillation observations. This jet response is surrounded by similar high-speed patches, but these are smoothed out in Ulysses polar measurements, we speculate about how these dynamic activities relate to solar wind acceleration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4985-4997
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • coronal hole
  • polar jet
  • solar wind


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