Following on from the successful IBEX mission, NASA’s IMAP spacecraft will launch in early 2025 and travel to L1 with the objective of exploring the interaction between the solar wind and the local interstellar medium using energetic neutral atoms (ENAs), and understanding energetic particle acceleration near the Sun, in the heliosphere and heliosheath.
ENAs are formed when energetic charged particles – propagating outward from the Sun or coming in from interstellar space – interact with neutrals at the heliosphere’s boundary. IMAP will connect in-situ 1 AU observations of suprathermals, energetic particles and pickup ions with the populations imaged via ENAs in the distant heliosphere. It will also provide solar wind measurements and real-time space weather data with higher cadence than has previously been available.
Carrying a magnetometer built at Imperial College with funding from the UK Space Agency, IMAP offers the UK community an opportunity to be involved in a headline NASA mission exploring fundamental science questions in space plasma physics, interstellar physics and astrophysics.
The meeting will introduce the mission, present the current state of scientific knowledge, and prompt a discussion about how best to help the UK community contribute to IMAP science.
Abstract submission: Please submit your abstract using this form. Deadline 6th December 2023.
Additional information: Further information including the programme can be found here.
S. Dalla (U. Central Lancashire)
T. Horbury (Imperial)