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Rona Oran

Postdoctoral Scholar

roran@mit.edu


Selected publications


  1. Oran R., E. Landi, B. van der Holst, S. T. Lepri, A. M. Vásquez, F. A. Nuevo, R. Frazin, W. Manchester, I. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2015), A Steady-state Picture of Solar Wind Acceleration and Charge State Composition Derived from a Global Wave-driven MHD Model, The Astrophysical Journal, 806, 55, doi:10.1088/0004-637x/806/1/55
  2. Oran R., B. van der Holst, E. Landi, M. Jin, I. V. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), A Global Wave-driven Magnetohydrodynamic Solar Model with a Unified Treatment of Open and Closed Magnetic Field Topologies, The Astrophysical Journal, 778, 176, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/778/2/176


  1. Oran R., E. Landi, B. van der Holst, S. T. Lepri, A. M. Vásquez, F. A. Nuevo, R. Frazin, W. Manchester, I. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2015), A Steady-state Picture of Solar Wind Acceleration and Charge State Composition Derived from a Global Wave-driven MHD Model, The Astrophysical Journal, 806, 55, doi:10.1088/0004-637x/806/1/55
  2. Stakhiv M., E. Landi, S. T. Lepri, R. Oran, T. H. Zurbuchen, (2015), On the Origin of Mid-latitude Fast Wind: Challenging the Two-state Solar Wind Paradigm, The Astrophysical Journal, 801, 100, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/801/2/100
  3. Rasca A. P., R. Oran, M. Horányi, (2014), Mass loading of the solar wind by a sungrazing comet, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 5376-5381, doi:10.1002/2014GL060990
  4. Rasca A. P., M. Horányi, R. Oran, B. Holst, (2014), Modeling solar wind mass-loading in the vicinity of the Sun using 3-D MHD simulations, J. of Geophys. Res. [Space Physics], 119, 18-25, doi:10.1002/2013JA019365
  5. Landi E., R. Oran, S. T. Lepri, T. H. Zurbuchen, L. A. Fisk, B. van der Holst, (2014), Charge State Evolution in the Solar Wind. III. Model Comparison with Observations, The Astrophysical Journal, 790, 111, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/790/2/111
  6. Sokolov I. V., B. van der Holst, R. Oran, C. Downs, I. I. Roussev, M. Jin, W. B. Manchester, R. M. Evans, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), Magnetohydrodynamic Waves and Coronal Heating: Unifying Empirical and MHD Turbulence Models, The Astrophysical Journal, 764, 23, doi:doi:10.1088/0004-637X/764/1/23
  7. Oran R., B. van der Holst, E. Landi, M. Jin, I. V. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), A Global Wave-driven Magnetohydrodynamic Solar Model with a Unified Treatment of Open and Closed Magnetic Field Topologies, The Astrophysical Journal, 778, 176, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/778/2/176
  8. Jin M., W. B. Manchester, B. van der Holst, R. Oran, I. Sokolov, G. Toth, Y. Liu, X. D. Sun, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), Numerical Simulations of Coronal Mass Ejection on 2011 March 7: One-temperature and Two-temperature Model Comparison, The Astrophysical Journal, 773, 50, doi: doi:10.1088/0004-637X/773/1/50
  9. Evans R. M., M. Opher, R. Oran, B. van der Holst, I. V. Sokolov, R. Frazin, T. I. Gombosi, A. Vásquez, (2012), Coronal Heating by Surface Alfvén Wave Damping: Implementation in a Global Magnetohydrodynamics Model of the Solar Wind, The Astrophysical Journal, 756, 155, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/756/2/155
  10. Israelevich P. L., A. I. Ershkovich, R. Oran, (2008), Current carriers in the bifurcated tail current sheet: Ions or electrons?, J. of Geophys. Res. [Space Physics], 113, doi:10.1029/2007JA012541
  11. Israelevich P. L., A. I. Ershkovich, R. Oran, (2007), Bifurcation of the tail current sheet in Jovian magnetosphere, Planetary And Space Science, 55, 2261 – 2266, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2007.05.006, Dynamical Processes in Space Plasmas


Conference presentations


  1. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2016), Can Impact-Amplified Magnetic Fields be Responsible for Magnetization on the Moon?, 47th Lunar And Planetary Science Conference, held March 21-25, 2016 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1903, p.3057
  2. Oran R., P. Weiss, (2016), Were Chondrite Parent Bodies Magnetized by the Early Solar Wind?, AGU Fall Meeting 2016
  3. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. Weiss, (2016), Can Impact-generated Plasmas be Responsible for Magnetization on Moon?, EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April
  4. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2015), Can Impact-generated Plasmas be Responsible for Magnetization on the Moon? Abstract GP33A-05 presented at 2015 fall meeting AGU, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, CA, 14-18 December.
  5. Oran R., Y. Y. Shprits, B. Weiss, T. Gombosi, (2015), Impact-generated magnetic fields on the Moon: a magnetohydrodynamic numerical investigation, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 April
  6. Oran R., Y. Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2015), Impact-generated magnetic fields on the Moon: a magnetohydrodynamic numerical investigation, 46th Luna and Planetary Science Conference, p.2987, LPI, The Woodlands, Texas, March 16-20.
  7. Oran R. E., B. van der Holst, S. T. Lepri, W. Manchester, R. A. Frazin, F. Nuevo, A. M. Vasquez, I. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2014), Coronal Hole Boundaries as Source Regions of a Steady Slow Solar Wind: Global Modeling of Charge State Composition and Sun-to-Earth Observations, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, 15-19 May
  8. Oran R. B., E. Landi, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), Sun-to-Earth Analysis of Heavy Ion Charge States and Solar Wind Properties in Pseudo Streamers, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA
  9. Oran R., B. van der Holst, E. Landi, J. R. Gruesbeck, I. Sokolov, W. B. Manchester, T. I. Gombosi, (2012), Using the Low Freeze-in Height of Heavy Elements to Validate a Global 3D Solar Model with an Upper Chromospheric Boundary, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  10. Oran R., B. van der Holst, T. I. Gombosi, I. Sokolov, (2011), A 3D Self-consistent Solar Model from the Chromosphere to 1AU, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 5-9 Dec
  11. Oran R., I. Sokolov, B. van der Holst, I. Gombosi, (2010), Self-Consistent Solar Wind Model Driven by a Turbulent Spectrum of Alfven Waves, AGU Fall Meeting 2010
  12. Oran R., I. V. Sokolov, B. V. Holst, I. I. Roussev, W. B. Manchester, T. I. Gombosi, (2010), Turbulent Alfven Waves in the Solar Corona and Solar Wind: A Self Consistent 4D Global Model, Aas Meeting 216, AAS, Miami, FL, USA, May.
  13. Oran R., I. Sokolov, I. I. Roussev, R. A. Frazin, T. I. Gombosi, (2009), Turbulent Alfven Waves as a Solar Wind Driver: Results from a new 4D model for the Solar Corona and Solar Wind, AGU 2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 14-18 Dec
  14. Oran R., V. Sokolov, I. Roussev, A. Frazin, I. Gombosi, (2008), 4D Model for MHD Wave Turbulence in the Solar Corona and Solar Wind, AGU Fall Meeting 2008


  1. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2016), Can Impact-Amplified Magnetic Fields be Responsible for Magnetization on the Moon?, 47th Lunar And Planetary Science Conference, held March 21-25, 2016 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1903, p.3057
  2. Oran R., P. Weiss, (2016), Were Chondrite Parent Bodies Magnetized by the Early Solar Wind?, AGU Fall Meeting 2016
  3. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. Weiss, (2016), Can Impact-generated Plasmas be Responsible for Magnetization on Moon?, EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April
  4. Oran R., Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2015), Can Impact-generated Plasmas be Responsible for Magnetization on the Moon? Abstract GP33A-05 presented at 2015 fall meeting AGU, AGU Fall Meeting 2015, CA, 14-18 December.
  5. Oran R., Y. Y. Shprits, B. Weiss, T. Gombosi, (2015), Impact-generated magnetic fields on the Moon: a magnetohydrodynamic numerical investigation, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 April
  6. Oran R., Y. Y. Shprits, B. P. Weiss, (2015), Impact-generated magnetic fields on the Moon: a magnetohydrodynamic numerical investigation, 46th Luna and Planetary Science Conference, p.2987, LPI, The Woodlands, Texas, March 16-20.
  7. Stakhiv M. E., S. T. Lepri, T. Zurbuchen, R. Oran, (2014), Sources of the Mid-Latitude Fast Solar Wind, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, 15-19 May
  8. Oran R. E., B. van der Holst, S. T. Lepri, W. Manchester, R. A. Frazin, F. Nuevo, A. M. Vasquez, I. Sokolov, T. I. Gombosi, (2014), Coronal Hole Boundaries as Source Regions of a Steady Slow Solar Wind: Global Modeling of Charge State Composition and Sun-to-Earth Observations, AGU Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, 15-19 May
  9. Jin M. W., B. van der Holst, R. Oran, I. Sokolov, G. Toth, A. Vourlidas, Y. Liu, X. Sun, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), Global MHD Simulation of the Coronal Mass Ejection on 2011 March 7: from Chromosphere to 1 AU, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA
  10. Oran R. B., E. Landi, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), Sun-to-Earth Analysis of Heavy Ion Charge States and Solar Wind Properties in Pseudo Streamers, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA
  11. Miralles M. P., S. R. Cranmer, J. C. Raymond, O. Cohen, R. Oran, (2013), Determining the Coronal Origin of the Slow Solar Wind Using Remote Sensing and In Situ Observations, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA
  12. Miralles M. P., S. R. Cranmer, J. C. Raymond, O. Cohen, R. Oran, (2013), Comparison of Coronal Streamer Properties to Solar Wind Models For The Last Two Solar Cycle Minima, Spd Meeting 44, AAS, Bozeman, MT, 8-12 July.
  13. van der Holst B. M., I. Sokolov, W. B. Manchester, R. Oran, T. I. Gombosi, (2013), A Multi-Viewpoint Validation of CME Propagation Through a New MHD Turbulence Solar Wind Model, EGU General Assembly 2013, EGU, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April
  14. Gombosi T. I., G. Toth, B. van der Holst, I. Sokolov, W. B. Manchester, L. Daldorff, D. DeZeeuw, D. T. Welling, A. J. Ridley, M. W. Liemohn, R. Oran, X. Meng, M. Jin, (2012), New Adventures with the Space Weather Modeling Framework, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  15. Jin M., W. B. Manchester, B. van der Holst, R. Oran, I. Sokolov, G. Toth, T. I. Gombosi, A. Vourlidas, Y. Liu, X. Sun, (2012), Simulate the Coronal Mass Ejection on 2011 March 7 from Chromosphere to 1 AU, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  16. Jin M., W. B. Manchester, B. van der Holst, R. Oran, I. Sokolov, G. Toth, T. I. Gombosi, A. Vourlidas, Y. Liu, X. Sun, (2012), Simulate the Coronal Mass Ejection on 2011 March 7 from Chromosphere to 1 AU, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  17. Sokolov I., B. van der Holst, R. Oran, C. Downs, C. Manchester, I. I. Roussev, M. Jin, R. M. Evans, T. I. Gombosi, (2012), MHD Waves and Coronal Heating: Unifying Empirical and MHD Turbulence Models, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  18. Oran R., B. van der Holst, E. Landi, J. R. Gruesbeck, I. Sokolov, W. B. Manchester, T. I. Gombosi, (2012), Using the Low Freeze-in Height of Heavy Elements to Validate a Global 3D Solar Model with an Upper Chromospheric Boundary, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  19. Huang Z., B. van der Holst, R. A. Frazin, W. B. Manchester, R. Oran, M. Jin, A. M. Vasquez, T. I. Gombosi, (2012), Understanding Inverted Temperature Loops in the Quiet Sun Corona With 3D, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  20. Strachan L., A. Panasyuk, P. L. Lamy, B. van der Holst, R. Oran, R. A. Frazin, W. B. Manchester, (2012), Testing a Two-temperature Model of the Solar Corona with Empirically-derived Plasma parameters, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 3-7 Dec
  21. Oran R., B. van der Holst, T. I. Gombosi, I. Sokolov, (2011), A 3D Self-consistent Solar Model from the Chromosphere to 1AU, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 5-9 Dec
  22. Frazin R. A., A. M. Vasquez, B. van der Holst, W. B. Manchester, R. Oran, Z. Huang, M. Jin, T. I. Gombosi, (2011), Integrating Tomography and Global Simulation, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 5-9 Dec
  23. Provornikova E., M. Opher, V. Izmodenov, G. Toth, R. Oran, (2011), 3D MHD modeling of non-stationary flow in the heliosheath, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 5-9 Dec
  24. Van Der Holst B., M. Jin, J. Gruesbeck, R. Oran, W. Manchester, R. Frazin, A. Vasquez, T. Gombosi, (2011), A Two-temperature Solar Wind Model: Validation And Two-temperature CMEs, Spd Meeting 42, AAS, Las Cruces, NM, USA, 12-16 June.
  25. Evans R. M., M. Opher, R. Oran, B. van der Holst, I. Sokolov, R. A. Frazin, I. Gombosi, (2010), Coronal Heating by Surface Alfven Wave Damping: Implementation in MHD Modeling and Connection to Observations, AGU Fall Meeting 2010
  26. Oran R., I. Sokolov, B. van der Holst, I. Gombosi, (2010), Self-Consistent Solar Wind Model Driven by a Turbulent Spectrum of Alfven Waves, AGU Fall Meeting 2010
  27. Evans R. M., M. Opher, R. Oran, I. V. Sokolov, (2010), Surface Alfven Wave Contribution to Coronal Heating in a Wave-Driven Solar Wind Model, Aas Meeting 216, AAS, Miami, FL, USA, May.
  28. Oran R., I. V. Sokolov, B. V. Holst, I. I. Roussev, W. B. Manchester, T. I. Gombosi, (2010), Turbulent Alfven Waves in the Solar Corona and Solar Wind: A Self Consistent 4D Global Model, Aas Meeting 216, AAS, Miami, FL, USA, May.
  29. Evans R. M., M. Opher, R. Oran, I. Sokolov, (2009), Surface Alfven Wave Damping in a Solar Wind Simulation Driven by Alfven Waves, AGU 2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 14-18 Dec
  30. Oran R., I. Sokolov, I. I. Roussev, R. A. Frazin, T. I. Gombosi, (2009), Turbulent Alfven Waves as a Solar Wind Driver: Results from a new 4D model for the Solar Corona and Solar Wind, AGU 2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 14-18 Dec
  31. Oran R., V. Sokolov, I. Roussev, A. Frazin, I. Gombosi, (2008), 4D Model for MHD Wave Turbulence in the Solar Corona and Solar Wind, AGU Fall Meeting 2008