Particle-in-cell Simulation of Astrophysical Plasmas: Probing the Origins of Cosmic Rays

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Date/Time:Friday, 09 Apr 2010 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:3 Physics Hall
Contact:Dr. Charles Kerton
Phone:515-294-2298
Channel:Astronomy
Categories:Lectures
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Tom Stroman, Iowa State University

Cosmic-ray research, nearly a century-old field, is still principally directed at identifying the acceleration site(s) of these highly relativistic particles. In this research update talk, I will discuss the simulations I have performed and the insights gained into the process by which the most energetic cosmic rays originating in the Milky Way are thought to be produced. I will also briefly discuss work currently in progress, which will largely consist of colorful pictures and animations.