A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
February 21, 2013,
10:30am to 12:00pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM - PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL DATE/TIME: The Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Investigation of Magnetic Reconnection

Professor Roy Torbert
University of New Hampshire

In late fall 2014, NASA will launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to study the kinetic physics of magnetic reconnection as it occurs around the Earth. MMS will measure particle distributions and electromagnetic field behavior within reconnection regions on temporal and spatial scales smaller that ever before sampled in space. The suite of diagnostic instruments has been constructed to achieve the very necessary accuracy to measure parallel electric fields in rarified plasmas and the details of velocity distributions to resolve variations on spatial scales of the order of the electron inertial length. Both of these diagnostics are believed to be key to detecting and analyzing how advancing our reconnection can efficiently convert magnetic field energy to fluid kinetic energy.

This talk will describe the mission design and advances in instruments that will allow MMS to advancing our understanding of reconnection in space plasmas.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2017-2018 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Nathaniel Ferraro, nferraro@pppl.gov
Charles A Gentile, cgentile@pppl.gov
Masayuki Ono, mono@pppl.gov
Tori Sikkema, tsikkema@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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