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Physics Lecture with Prof. Adam Light

Join us as Prof. Adam Light, Swarthmore College Visiting Assistant Professor, discusses “Studying Plasma Fluctuations for Fun and Profit”.

In plasma physics, we study systems with large numbers of interacting particles, which self-organize into beautiful macroscopic structures by way of microscopic fluctuations. Fluctuations are ubiquitous and complicated, but we view them as an opportunity to learn about plasma processes. In this talk, Light will give a brief introduction to some self-organized plasma systems and pose some open questions in the field. Light will also describe three ways of attempting to understand why and how plasmas choose preferred states. Two are current projects with undergraduates, involving fluctuation measurements and dynamical systems techniques. The third is a plan for actively driving fluctuations in order to learn about self-organization in a variety of plasma contexts.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Dana Lobby, immediately followed by the lecture in Dana 146.


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