My research has focused on techniques leading to a quantitative physical
understanding of energetic particle dynamics in the inner magnetosphere and
central plasma sheet during geomagnetically active periods. Central to this
study is the use of the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry MHD code to model magnetospheric
configuration in response to both real and idealized solar wind conditions.
Analytical magnetospheric field models are also used, where necessary, to
examine relevant physical processes under simplified conditions. Finally,
observational data are used both as a tool for providing realistic initial
conditions within the models, and for verifying the validity of the
simulations. The fundamental intent of this work is to gain a better physical
understanding of the processes playing roles in storm-time radiation belt
dynamics. However, all work is undertaken with an eye toward fitting these
approaches within the larger framework of a global magnetospheric circulation
model, and providing valid predictive tools for space weather forecasting.
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