"Saving the planet from killer electrons,” by Dennis Papadopoulos (University of Maryland)

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Plasma Seminars

Any day now a new found friend could set off a nuclear weapon in the earth’s radiation belts by firing a missile straight up.  This would populate the radiation belt with “killer electrons”.  These KE’s would be trapped in the earth’s mirror magnetic field for months and slowly destroy the electronics of the many satellites that we rely on for banking and facebook.  Needless to say life as we know it would be severely impacted.  How can the KE’s be swept out the radiation belts?  This will be addressed using a scheme employing whistler waves launched from an array of cubsats. The wave antennas will employ ferrofluids based on nanotechnology. This methodology is currently being tested at UCLA.  Can the world as we know it be saved?   

BaPSF, Rehab Building Room 15-70