Nordita Winter School 2010: Dynamos - Above, Below, and In the Laboratory

Nordita seminar room

Nordita seminar room

Roslagstullsbacken 23
Axel Brandenburg (Nordita)
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The objective of the School is to provide training for PhD students working in magnetohydrodynamics in general, and in astrophysical dynamos, the geodynamo, and laboratory dynamos in particular. A proper understanding of dynamos has become mandatory in many fields of research. Solar activity with its 11 year cycle is just one example where we are still lacking a theoretically consistent model in spite of the urgent need to predict the intensity of the next cycle. The latter is particularly critical is estimating the life time of artificial satellites in Earth orbit and hence the need for costly service missions. In the last 10 years major theoretical advances have led to a much deeper understanding of dynamos at large magnetic Reynolds numbers. In addition, three different laboratory experiments have now been successful in displaying dynamo action, broadening the range of phenomena that need to be understood theoretically.


The students are expected to have basic training in theoretical physics including electrodynamics and vector calculus.

Confirmed teachers

  • Piyali Chatterjee (Nordita): Solar dynamo cycle predictions
  • Cary Forest (Wisconsin): The Wisconsin dynamo experiments and simulations
  • Chris Jones (Leeds): Challenges in simulating the geodynamo
  • Maarit Korpi (Helsinki): Simulations of dynamos in compressible flows
  • Jean-François Pinton (Lyon): The Cadarache dynamo experiment
  • Karl-Heinz Rädler (Potsdam): Mean-field dynamo theory
  • Anvar Shukurov (Newcastle): Dynamos on galactic scales
  • Kandaswamy Subramanian (Pune): Magnetic helicity evolution in dynamos

    Special Lecture

  • Agris Gailitis (Riga): Liquid sodium experiments

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    Organized by:

    Nordita and the ERC-supported AstroDyn project.

    Supported by:

    Preliminary time table:
    There will be three 90 min regular lectures each day.
    On Friday Agris Gailitis will deliver a special lecture
    on the Riga liquid sodium dynamo experiment and future
    prospects. At the end of each day there will be an
    opportunity for a seminar or two short talks, for example
    by some of the students or by guests and other scientists
    in the AstroDyn project. Also, have scheduled 3 informal group
    sessions (Grp1-3), where groups of ~5 students talk with each
    teacher in turn for about 1/2 hour.
    The official list of lectures is on the Agenda page.
  • List of Lectures in temporal order
  • Additional material

  • Poster
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