Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - David Hatch - University of Texas at Austin

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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - David Hatch - University of Texas at Austin

Title: "Kinetic Plasma Turbulence: New Insights Into Its Fundamental Nature and Implications for Fusion Energy"

Friday, March 3, 2017
3:30pm-4:30pm
Wilder 104
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Abstract:  Turbulence is ubiquitous in both space and laboratory plasmas. These plasmas are often hot and/or diffuse, which requires the use of kinetic theory, the description of particle distribution functions in a high-dimensional phase space.  Turbulence in this phase space exhibits a rich variety of dynamics, altering standard fluid turbulence paradigms in fascinating ways. I will describe new insights into the fundamental nature of kinetic plasma turbulence (applicable to both natural and laboratory plasmas). I will also discuss breakthroughs in understanding and modeling plasma turbulence in fusion devices, addressing the question: what do plasma turbulence simulations say about the prospects for fusion energy and how can such simulations advance these prospects?

For more information, contact:
Tressena Manning
603-646-2854

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.