SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, May 9, 2011
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Dr. Timothy Gray
Swarthmore College

Magnetic fluctuation studies on SSX: merging and selective decay

The Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment (SSX) is a flexible facility to study merging, reconnection, and relaxation in a variety of flux conserving boundaries. Fluctuations during the relaxation process in a very long flux conserving cylinder will be discussed. In addition, simulation and experimental results from merging studies in a more prolate flux conserver will be presented.