"Kinetic Physics of the Solar Wind," by Tulasi Parashar (JPL)

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Plasma Seminars

Plasma Seminar

Friday, November 22, 2013
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 4-330

Guest Speaker: Tulasi Parashar, JPL

Talk Title: "Kinetic Physics of the Solar Wind"


Understanding kinetic dissipative processes in the solar wind is an important endeavor required to improve our global solar wind models. The candidate dissipative processes must be collisionless in nature and should produce the observed signature of perpendicular anisotropy for protons. Many processes have been proposed e.g. wave-particle interactions, energization at intermittent coherent structures and stochastic heating. We will discuss two efforts related to this line of research:

1) Turbulent Dissipation Challenge: A community driven effort that aims to better quantify the  relative contributions of various dissipative processes in the solar wind.

2)  Effect of electron equation of state on the kinetics of protons.