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NESSC Meeting: Turbulence in Laboratory, Heliospheric, and Astrophysical Plasmas


Location: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Address: 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Room: Phillips Auditorium
Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Start Time: 10:45 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Meeting Overview

This meeting focused on the basic physics of turbulence in magnetized plasmas, as well as applications in a variety of settings. A key goal of this meeting is to connect researchers studying plasma turbulence across multiple disciplines who work in the New England area.


There is no registration fee. In lieu of a formal registration process, please include your name and email address on the following scheduling poll if you would like to attend:


10:15-10:45 Morning Break
10:45-11:00 Welcome and Introductions
11:00-11:30 The Seeds of a Magnetic Universe Smadar Naoz (CfA)
11:30-12:00 Intrinsic MHD Turbulence in Magnetically Confined Fusion Plasmas Linda Sugiyama (MIT)
12:00-12:15 Open Discussion
12:15-1:30 Lunch at nearby restaurants
1:30-2:30 Turbulent Heating and Wave Pressure in Solar Wind Acceleration Modeling: New Insights to Empirical Forecasting of the Solar Wind Lauren Woolsey (CfA)
2:00-2:30 Turbulent Origins of Coronal Heating and the Solar Wind Steven Cranmer (CfA)
2:30-3:00 Turbulence Analysis of an Experimental Flux Rope Plasma on the Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment David Schaffner (Swarthmore)
3:00-3:20 Afternoon break
3:20-3:50 ROMA (Rank-Ordered Multifractal Analysis) of Intermittency in Space Plasmas and the Cosmic Web Tom Chang (MIT)
3:50-4:20 Energy and Momentum Transfer from Turbulent Waves to Particles Eric Lund (UNH)
4:20-5:00 Open Discussion

Instructions for Presenters

Because there will be members of several research communities present, please include enough introductory information to motivate and provide context for your presentation. If you do not have a laptop, please let the organizers know ahead of the meeting. After the meeting, presenters are encouraged to provide a copy of their talks (pdf preferred) to be included on this website.


Phillips Auditorium is located at the 60 Garden Street facility of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, near the Harvard and Porter Square stations on the MBTA's red line. Directions to the CfA are available here, and a map of the building is available here.


All cars parked in Observatory lots at 60 Garden Street during business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) must display a parking permit. You may purchase parking permits at the CfA on the day of the meeting, or online prior to the meeting (see below). Permits are subject to availability and are $15 for a weekday permit, $8 for a 4 hour permit, and $4 for a 2 hour permit. Parking is somewhat limited in the CfA lots, so we recommend arriving early, and carpooling or taking mass transit if possible.

Day of Meeting: Parking permits can be obtained at the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Administrative Office, located in B-115. At the HCO office you will need to pay by cash or check (no credit cards allowed). You will then need to place the permit in your car.

Online: Full-day parking permits can be purchased online prior to the meeting with a credit card. At the bottom of the page, click "Visitor" if you are not a Harvard employee. Visitors must register, so click on "Click Here to Register" and fill out log-in information and your personal profile. Then follow the directions on the screen. You will need to choose "Observatory" as the department and use 2018 as the code. Once you completed the process of purchasing the permit online, print out a copy of the receipt and place it on your dashboard.


The New England Space Science Consortium (NESSC) includes solar, space, and heliospheric physicists from a variety of institutions including Boston College, Boston University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MIT, and the University of New Hampshire. Workshops are held several times per year on topics of interest to the local space science community. To sign up for the NESSC email list, go here.

Symposium Organizers

This event is organized by:

Anne White (MIT)
Nick Murphy (CfA)


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