Spitalfields Day

Magnetic Reconnection Theory

Monday 9 August 2004

Organiser: Terry Forbes (University of New Hampshire) and Eric Priest (St Andrews University)

London Mathematical Society

This special week is run in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled Magnetic Reconnection Theory

Programme | Participants | Web-Seminars

Theme of Conference:

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the mathematical aspects of reconnection theory that have been developed for various applications in laboratory and space plasmas. Each area of application tends to have different science objectives, and this has led to different mathematical developments of the theory which are little known outside the specific area of application. Presentations and discussion periods during this workshop will allow participants to obtain a global overview of reconnection theory and to learn of recent mathematical developments over a wide range of applications.

Structure of the meeting

    09:00 - 09:30 Gunnar Hornig, Bochum University
    The topology of three-dimensional reconnection more info
    09:30 - 10:00 John Gibbon, Imperial College
    Singularities in 3D-Euler and MHD
    10:00 - 10:15 David Pontin, St Andrews
    Kinematic 3D reconnection at nulls
    10:15 - 10:30 James McLaughlin, St Andrews
    MHD wave propagation in the neighbourhood of a 2D null point more info
    10:30 - 10:45 Gary Abel, British Antarctic Survey
    Fractal reconnection at the Earth's magnetopause and associated ionospheric convection more info
    11:00 - 11:30 Coffee
    11:30 - 12:00 Phil Pritchett, UCLA
    Overview of collisionless reconnection theory more info
    12:00 - 12:30 Michael Hesse, NASA Goddard
    The physics of the reconnection diffusion region more info
    12:30 - 12:45 Discussion
    12:45 - 13:00 Joe Huba, Washington
    Hall magnetic reconnection in 2D and 3D more info
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at the Newton Institute
    14:30 - 15:00 Francesco Pegoraro, University of Pisa
    The role of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in magnetic reconnection more info
    15:00 - 15:30 Bhimsen Shivamoggi, University of Central Florida
    Critical exponents and universality in fully developed turbulence more info
    15:30 - 16:00 Tea
    16:00 - 16:15 Clare Watt, Alberta
    Parameter study of ion-acoustic resistivity in collisionless plasmas more info
    16:15 - 16:30 Panagiota Petkaki, British Antarctic Survey
    Nonlinear evolution of the ion-acoustic instability
    16:30 - 17:00 Amitava Bhattacharjee, University of New Hampshire
    Impulsive reconnection dynamics
    17:00 - 18:00 Wine and Beer Reception

Location and Registration

These lectures are linked to the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Magnetic Reconnection Theory (2 August to 27 August 2004). Anyone interested is welcome to attend; talks will be aimed at a general mathematical audience. Please let Tracey Andrew at the Institute know by Friday 30 July 2004 if you intend to come by completing the online registration form. There are limited funds available to assist research students to attend.


The Institute has limited accommodation available during the period of the meeting, if you require assistance with accommodation, please fill in the online housing form you are strongly advised to confirm your accommodation requirements immediately. Once all Institute accommodation has been allocated, you are likely to have to arrange your own. A list of local Guest Houses is available here

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