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Hewlett Packard Day

Magnetic Reconnection in the Sun and Magnetosphere

Tuesday 10 August 2004

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

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

Programme | Participants | Web-Seminars

Theme of Conference:

This day follows on from the Spitalfields Day the previous day by discussing the way in which magnetic reconnection is thought to operate in the Sun and the Magnetosphere.

Structure of the meeting

    09:00 - 09:30 Len Culhane, MSSL
    Observational evidence for magnetic reconnection in the solar corona more info
    09:30 - 10:00 Clare Parnell, St Andrews
    Reconnection and coronal heating more info
    10:00 - 10:15 Stephen Higgins, Lancashire
    Space-and time-dependent heating of solar coronal loops more info
    10:15 - 10:30 Iain Coleman, British Antarctic Survey
    A critical test of reconnection theories on the magnetopause more info
    10:30 - 10:45 Maria Kuznetsova, Washington
    Anti-parallel merging and component reconnection: Role in magnetospheric dynamics more info
    11:00 - 11:30 Coffee
    11:30 - 12:00 Bernhard Kliem, Potsdam
    Some open problems for magnetic reconnection in solar flares more info
    12:00 - 12:30 Hugh Hudson, Berkeley
    Active-region magnetic structures and their perturbations by flares more info
    12:30 - 12:45 Rhona Maclean, St Andrews
    Topology of magnetic breakout
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at the Newton Institute
    14:30 - 15:00 David Alexander, Rice
    Exploring the nature of magnetic reconnection in solar transients more info
    15:00 - 15:30 Karlheinz Trattner, Lockheed
    Anti-parallel versus component reconnection at the earth's magnetopause more info
    15:30 - 16:00 Tea
    16:00 - 16:30 John Dorelli, Durham, New Hampshire
    Magnetic reconnection at the dayside terrestrial magnetopause more info
    16:30 - 17:00 Wolfgang Baumjohann, Graz
    Bifurcated and thin current sheets: CLUSTER results more info
    17:00 - 17:15 Stefan Eriksson, Boulder
    Walen and slow-mode shock analyses applied to high-speed flows of the near-Earth magnetotail more info
    17:15 - 17:30 Therese Moretto, Washington
    Plasma depletion at the high latitude dayside magnetopause: Cluster observations

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

Travel and Local Information

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