LASP Magnetosphere Seminars

LASP Magnetosphere Seminars

The Friends of the Magnetosphere (FOM) seminar series focuses on space physics research within planetary magnetospheres. Topics of interest include space weather, fundamental plasma processes within the magnetosphere and coupling to other systems (such as the ionosphere or solar wind).

The FOM seminars are hybrid, with the in-person component held in LASP SPSC and virtual access through zoom. These seminars are aimed at the graduate level and higher.

For more information, please contact Harriet George. To subscribe to the FOM mailing list, send an email to with an empty subject and body.

Seminars will be advertised through the mailing list and LASP website at least a week ahead of time.


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February 27, 2024 2:00 PM
Dancing Wind and Magnetospheric Movement'
Alexandra Lockhart

Diverse solar wind interactions at various planetary bodies have highly piqued my interest as a dancer and choreographer during my time as an artist-in-residence at LASP. The complex interactions offer exceptionally interesting pathways and relationships to describe through physical movement. I’ll be sharing the prominent points of inspiration I’ve honed …

February 20, 2024 3:00 PM
Probing Ultrarelativistic Electron Acceleration in Earth’s Outer Radiation Belt
Hong Zhao

Earth’s radiation belts are highly dynamic regions filled with energetic charged particles. These energetic particles pose significant threats to avionics and humans in space, and understanding their dynamics has been an urgent need. The ultrarelativistic electrons (E>~2 MeV) represent the high energy end of radiation belt electron populations. Since the …

February 13, 2024 2:00 PM
Parker Solar Probe observations of plasma waves in Venus’s induced magnetosphere
Harriet George

Parker Solar Probe (PSP) performs Venus gravity assists (VGAs) in order to lower its perihelion. The state-of-the-art instruments carried by PSP, including a full plasma wave package (FIELDS), provide the rare opportunity to study plasma wave activity in Venus’s induced magnetosphere. These plasma waves provide key insight to the overall …

January 30, 2024 2:00 PM
Turnover in Gleissberg Cycle Dependence of Inner Zone Proton Flux
Mary Hudson

Inner zone proton flux from 1980 to mid-2023 has been examined using NOAA POES satellite data, extending analysis by Bregou et al (2022), who found a long-term increase in proton flux averaged over the 11-year solar cycle modulation corresponding to a one hundred year minimum in solar activity consistent with …