University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, April 22, 2013
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Dr. Sasha Ukhorskiy
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
The Van Allen Probes: Resolving Fundamental Physics
with Practical Consequences

The fundamental processes that energize, transport, and cause the loss of charged particles operate throughout the universe at locations as diverse as magnetized planets, the solar wind, our Sun, and other stars. The same processes operate within our immediate environment, the Earth’s radiation belts. The Van Allen Storm Probes (RBSP) mission provides coordinated two-spacecraft observations to obtain understanding of these fundamental processes controlling the dynamic variability of the near- Earth radiation environment. In this talk we discuss some of the profound mysteries of the radiation belt physics and the first results obtained by the RBSP mission.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Victoria at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.