Team led by graduate student at PPPL produces unique simulation of magnetic reconnection

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017
by John Greenwald, Science Editor, PPPL

Jonathan Ng, a Princeton University graduate student at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has for the first time applied a fluid simulation to the space plasma process behind solar flares northern lights and space storms. The model could lead to improved forecasts of space weather that can shut down cell phone service and damage power grids, as well as to better understanding of the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions.  Learn more about magnetic reconnection.