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 to 12:30pm

Ho Science Center, 101
1819 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

Topic

Academics, Natural Sciences Mathematics

Event Type

Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.

Contact E-mail

djanney@colgate.edu

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