University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, November 3, 2008
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Peter Yoon
University of Maryland
Toward a fully kinetic theory of solar wind turbulence

The kinetic theory of turbulence in magnetized plasmas is important for charged particle acceleration in space and laboratory. Charged particle energization is a ubiquitous phenomenon in the universe. It is believed that one of the most important mechanisms is the wave-particle resonant acceleration by plasma turbulence. However, at the present stage, no complete kinetic theory of turbulence in magnetized plasmas exists. This talk will outline an ongoing effort to formulate and solve such a theory. The present effort may contribute toward a resolution of an unsolved problem in coronal and solar wind physics. In the solar wind, there exists an apparent contradiction between the observation and theory. Observation supports cyclotron resonance model while the theory predicts Landau resonance model of the coronal heating and solar wind acceleration. However, the theoretical predictions are based upon MHD or gyrokinetic theory which only provides partial picture of the problem. The full kinetic theory may potentially address this controversy.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Catha Stewart 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.