University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, November 7, 2016
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Li-Jen Chen
Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, and the Goddard Space Flight Center
The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission: Observations of magnetic reconnection at the Earth's magnetopause

Collisionless plasma systems such as solar flares and planetary magnetospheres often undergo phases of energy built-ups and impulsive releases called magnetic reconnection. A key open question in collisionless magnetic reconnection concerns how the current is limited under the finite reconnection electric field. Despite numerous theories, simulations, and laboratory experiments attempting to solve the problem, what exactly occurs in the reconnection current layer in Nature remains a mystery until the recent unprecedented high-cadence high-quality data returned by the NASA MMS mission. We will discuss how the measurements from the first MMS scan of the Earth's magnetopause advance our understanding of the dissipation problem.

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.