PPPL Colloquium: Professor Alain Brizard, Saint Michael's College, "In search of the guiding-center"

May 18, 2022, 4:00 pm5:15 pm
Ahmed Diallo
Event Description

May 18, 2022

4:00pm-5:15pm EDT - ZOOM

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Meeting ID: 361 549 769
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PPPL VIRTUAL COLLOQUIUM, hosted by Ahmed Diallo

Professor Alain Brizard
Saint Michael's College, Professor of Physics

In search of the guiding-center

As we recently crossed several breakthroughs in magnetic fusion plasma physics and we approach an epoch-making milestone in the near future, it is worthwhile to celebrate the theoretical foundations of our progress toward magnetic nuclear fusion. Since the early days of Alfvén and Spitzer, guiding-center theory has been a key concept in understanding the physics of the magnetic confinement of charged particles. A review of guiding-center and gyrokinetic theory is first presented with an emphasis on the role played by many generations of PPPL plasma theorists over the past nearly 70 years. Next, a survey of recent results in space and laboratory plasma physics is presented.