Upcoming Seminars

Tues. Sept 21, 2021, 10am MDT Gamow Tower, F931/zoom
Role of Magnetic Reconnection in Magnetized Plasma Turbulence

Stas Boldyrev, University of Wisconsin Madison

I will discuss a crucial role that magnetic reconnection may play in magnetic plasma turbulence. It is known that given a large enough magnetic Reynolds number, turbulent flows generate anisotropic small-scale structures -- current sheets. I will argue that such current sheets can become unstable to tearing mode, which, in turn, modifies turbulence at the corresponding scales. As a result of this process, a new regime of tearing-mediated turbulence can be established.