Physics & Astronomy Seminar: Order from chaos: self-organization in magnetized plasma
Adam Light, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College, will present. In plasma physics, we study systems with large numbers of interacting particles, which self-organize into beautiful macroscopic structures by way of microscopic fluctuations. Fluctuations are ubiquitous and complicated, but we view them as an opportunity to learn about plasma processes. In this talk, I will give a brief introduction to self-organized plasma systems and pose some open questions in the field. Some recent student projects will demonstrate different ways of attempting to understand why and how plasmas choose preferred states. I will also describe current projects involving a self-organized plasma state in the laboratory as well as future plans to study the self-organization process directly.
Tuesday, February 12 at 11:30am
Ho Science Center, 101
1819 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA