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Plasma turbulence and the propagation of charged particles in the Heliosphere


The propagation of energetic particles through complex magnetic fields is an important question in many astrophysical scenarios. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structure of the inteplanetary magnetic field is vital for understanding physical processes in the heliosphere, such as turbulence and energetic particle transport.  These two subjects are intimately connected. We propose to use novel and state-of-the-art methods to study the turbulence of the interplaneatry magnetic field and its implication on the propagation of energetic charged particles. Magnetic field and particle observations will be used. The proposed team combines expertize from both areas.


For more details, see the Proposal sent to ISSI.



Relation between time lag and spatial scale of the turbulence to the energy of the charged particle:



Team members:





Dr. Géza Erdos                      KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics

POBox 49, 1525 Budapest, Hungary

Tel: +361 392 2525

Fax: +361 392 2598


Dr. Silvia Dalla                       Physics Department, UMIST

POBox 88, Manchester M60 1QD, U.K.

Tel: +44 161 200 8771

Fax: +44 161 200 3941


Dr. Miriam Forman                Department of Physics and Astronomy,

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Stony Brook New York 11794-3800, U.S.A.

Tel: +631 632 8165

Fax: +631 632 8176


Dr. Bernd Heber                    Fachbereich Physik, Universität Osnabrück

Barbarastr. 7,  49078 Osnabrück, Germany

Tel: 49 541 9693337

Fax: 49 541 9693338


Dr. Timothy Horbury            The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College

Prince Consort Road, London SW2 2BW, U.K.

Tel: +44 20 7594 7676

Fax: +44 20 7594 7772


Dr. József Kóta                     Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,

542 Space Sciences, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721-0092, U.S.A.

Tel: +520 621 4396

Fax: +520 626 8250     


Dr. Zoltán Németh                 KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics

POBox 49, 1525 Budapest, Hungary

Tel: +361 392 2222

Fax: +361 392 2598


Dr. Sean Oughton                  Department of Mathematics

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Tel: +64 7 838-4466, x8326

Fax: +64 7 838-4666     



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