University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, December 3, 2018
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Marc Swisdak
University of Maryland
Magnetic Reconnection at Earth's Magnetopause: The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission and Kinetic Simulations

The MMS mission is a constellation of four closely spaced spacecraft designed to observe magnetic reconnection in the Earth's magnetosphere. Its unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution has, for the first time, allowed a close comparison between the predictions from kinetic simulations and reconnection as it occurs in nature. Among the surprises has been the formation and impact of turbulence near the reconnection X-line and the development of strongly localized dissipation. Many of features seen in MMS data can be reproduced by simulations.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information visit the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site at

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.