Articles | Volume 36, issue 5
Regular paper
02 Oct 2018
Regular paper |  | 02 Oct 2018

Beam tracking strategies for fast acquisition of solar wind velocity distribution functions with high energy and angular resolutions

Johan De Keyser, Benoit Lavraud, Lubomir Přech, Eddy Neefs, Sophie Berkenbosch, Bram Beeckman, Andrei Fedorov, Maria Federica Marcucci, Rossana De Marco, and Daniele Brienza


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (08 Aug 2018) by Minna Palmroth
AR by Johan De Keyser on behalf of the Authors (09 Aug 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Aug 2018) by Minna Palmroth
RR by Lynn Bruce Wilson III (10 Aug 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Sep 2018)
ED: Publish as is (17 Sep 2018) by Minna Palmroth
AR by Johan De Keyser on behalf of the Authors (18 Sep 2018)  Manuscript 
Short summary
This paper describes "beam tracking", a new technology for measuring velocity distributions in the solar wind with a plasma spectrometer, that allows the order of magnitude speedup in data acquisition needed for studying ion-scale turbulence. The basic idea is that the spectrometer should only sample the energy–elevation–azimuth range where the solar wind is expected to reside. The paper shows how the technique can be implemented and illustrates its performance and robustness through simulation.