solar wind Solar Wind Microstructures
& Turbulence Alfven Zone: Boundary
of the Heliosphere CME 3D Trajectory
Structure & Evolution CIR Formation
and 3D Dynamics Shock 3D Dynamics
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PUNCH advances the science of heliophysics. The PUNCH science goal is to determine the cross-scale physical processes that unify the solar corona with the rest of the solar system environment (the heliosphere). The goal divides into two major science objectives:
- Understand how coronal structures become the ambient solar wind.
- Understand the evolution of transient structures (such as CMEs) in the young solar wind.
These objectives divide into three specific science topics each, which shape the PUNCH investigation.