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2017 Seminar Schedule

Below is a schedule of the informal LASP Friends of the Magnetosphere (FOM) Seminars for the Spring 2017 semester. LASP holds a series of informal seminars focused on space physics and plasma research relating to the magnetospheres of Earth and other planets. The intended audience is space and planetary physics researchers in the Boulder area, although in most instances any interested persons are welcome to attend. For more information or if you have questions, please contact allison.jaynes at lasp.colorado.edu.

View the Address and Directions page for detailed directions to any of the LASP locations.

2/28 – No FOM

3/14 – Juan Roederer (University of Alaska), Cause-and-effect relationships between currents and fields in vacuum and plasmas

5/16 – Jan Deca (LASP), Solar wind interaction with lunar magnetic anomalies: A kinetic perspective from simulation

5/18 – Vytenis Vasyliunas (Max Planck Institute)

TBD – Fran Bagenal (LASP), Juno


Current Schedule:


Current Schedule (expanded):

Feb 7 – “Anthropogenic Space Weather”

Speaker:   Daniel Baker (LASP)
Date & Time:   Feb 7, 2017 ,  4:00 PM Location: LASP Space Science Building, room N100 (1st floor)
Abstract:  

Anthropogenic effects on the space environment started in the late 19th century and reached their peak in the 1960s when high-altitude nuclear explosions were carried out by the USA and the Soviet Union. These explosions created artificial radiation belts near Earth that resulted in major damage to several satellites. Another, unexpected, impact of the high-altitude […]

Jan 31 – “Imaging the Top of the Solar Corona: The Final Frontier in Heliophysics”

Speaker:   Craig DeForest (SwRI)
Date & Time:   Jan 31, 2017 ,  4:00 PM Location: LASP Space Science Building, room N100 (1st floor)
Abstract:  

The heliosphere is divided into distinct sections by clearly definable borders. We know the least about the final transition from the dynamics of the expanding corona, to the solar wind itself. This occurs some 20-40 million km from the Sun itself. The region is difficult to access with in situ probes and/or to view with current […]

Feb 21 – “Magneto-sensitivity”

Speaker:   Maria Usanova (LASP)
Date & Time:   Feb 21, 2017 ,  4:00 PM Location: LASP Space Science Building, room N100 (1st floor)
Abstract:  

A wide variety of living organisms (bacteria, algae, insects, fish, amphibians, and mammals) have the ability to perceive magnetic fields and use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation and homing. For example, homing pigeons can cover several hundred miles and return home from a location they have never seen before. However, magnetic storms can disrupt […]

Mar 14 – “Cause-and-effect relationships between currents and fields in vacuum and plasmas”

Speaker:   Juan G. Roederer (Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Date & Time:   Mar 14, 2017 ,  4:00 PM Location: LASP Space Science Building, room N100 (1st floor)
Abstract:  

Electromagnetism is about 200 years old (Ørsted’s discovery); electrodynamics is a bit younger, ~150 years (Maxwell’s equations). Yet, when it comes to understanding (and teaching) cause-and-effect relationships, there are still some issues of confusion or outright misunderstanding. This is particularly true in plasma physics. I will address some questions, such as: Does Maxwell’s displacement current […]

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