Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden
Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental multi-scale plasma process responsible for plasma transport, plasma heating and acceleration of energetic particles in many astrophysical environments, ranging from planetary magnetospheres and solar wind to solar flares, accretion disk corona, and other astrophysical plasmas. The major goal of this program is to increase the knowledge about the magnetic reconnection process in astrophysical plasma environments based on synergies between the studies of magnetic reconnection remotely, in situ, in numerical simulations and in laboratories. In situ data from the recent ESA Cluster, NASA Themis and upcoming MMS (to be launched in March 2015) missions will result by autumn 2015 in unprecedented amount of data on multi-scale properties of magnetic reconnection from all the characteristic plasma scales - from electron up to fluid scales. Numerical simulations have reached maturity that kinetic scale processes for realistic mass ratios can be simulated in high detail in three dimensional geometries allowing for a direct comparison of observational data and simulation results. There are similarly large development in reconnection studies based on remote and laboratory observations. Some of the fundamental questions to be addressed are particle acceleration in magnetic reconnection, magnetic reconnection onset and turbulent reconnection.
An open workshop on the magnetic reconnection consisting of invited keynote lectures, contributed talks and posters.
The school is aimed for junior researchers, where each day overview lectures are followed by hands on work with multi-spacecraft and numerical simulation data.
This part consists of extended workshop-like work among the scientists on the chosen topics of interest. There are a series of seminars and overview lectures during this period. Due to space restrictions, the total number of participants is limited, we expect to be able to cover the travel and lodging support to selected participants (Nordita provides a limited number of rooms in the Stockholm apartment hotel BizApartments free of charge for accepted participants). A minimum stay of one working week is required. The deadline of applications to extended program has passed.
PhD students and young Postdoc fellows are eligible for travel grants to participate in the program. If you are interested in such a grant, please mark the corresponding field in the application form, briefly summarize your interest in the program in the comments field, and indicate an estimation of your expected travel expenses. Since only a limited number of grants is available, decision concerning the grants will be made on a case-by-case basis and you will be notified shortly after the application deadline.
|July 27 - August 10||Program||Selected topics based on scientists participating|
|August 5 - 10||School||Satellite in situ and numerical simulation data analysis|
|August 10 - 14||Workshop||Magnetic reconnection|
|August 15 - August 21||Program||Selected topics based on scientists participating|
[Timetable - available from start of the program]