Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Vienna

Thematic Programme
Responsible Organiser: A. Schekochihin
C. Bourdelle, Y. Brenier, S. Cowley, W. Dorland, N. Mauser, S. Nazarenko, A. Tsinober

Working Group Meeting
"Kinetic Instabilities, Plasma Turbulence and Magnetic Reconnection"

16-20 February 2009


  • Velocity-space instabilities and their nonlinear evolution in space and astrophysical plasmas (emphasis on mirror and firehose instabilities; resulting structures --- theoretically predicted vs. observed in space plasmas; implications for magnetogenesis and turbulence in the dissipation range)
  • MHD/Alfvén-wave turbulence (transition from weak to strong, finite-box effects, structure of inertial range, anisotropy)
  • Gyrokinetic turbulence (emphasis on phase-space cascades, direct and inverse; implications for transport)
  • Magnetic reconnection, especially in kinetic (collisionless) plasmas (reconnection in the presence of turbulence, gyrokinetic reconnection, collisionless effects)
This is a working meeting: there will be a reduced schedule of seminars and plenty of time for discussions and collaborative work. The aim is to make concrete progress rather than passively listen to talks.

Invited Participants
List updated as invitations are issued and confirmations arrive

1Ian AbelU of Oxford & UKAEA Culham

2Michael BarnesU of Oxford & UKAEA CulhamResolving velocity space dynamics in gyrokinetic turbulence simulations (poster)pdf, 2.1 Mb15(eve)-20(eve)
3Francesco CalifanoU di PisaThe role of the magnetic field in the interaction of the solar wind with a magnetosphere (talk)part 1: pdf, 6 Mb
part 2: pdf, 9.7 Mb
part 3: pdf, 4.1 Mb
4Troy CarterUCLA1) Studies of nonlinear Alfven waves and drift-Alfven wave turbulence in a laboratory plasma (talk)pdf, 3.1 Mb15(mor)-21(mor)
2) Workshop summary and a review of laboratory efforts (present and future) to solve all these problemspdf, 2.7 Mb
5Christopher ChenImperial College LondonSolar wind measurements: turbulence, instabilities and reconnection (poster)pdf, 224 kb15(aft)-20(eve)
6Yeontaek ChoiNIMS, S. Korea

7Steven CowleyUKAEA Culham & Imperial College LondonFlux freezing in plasma turbulence (talk)pdf, 5.4 Mb15(eve)-18(eve)
8William DorlandU of MarylandWhat next? (concluding talk + mediated discussion)
9Uriel FrischObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur, NiceTurbulence: scaling laws, singularities and asymptotic extrapolation (review)pdf, 1.8 Mb15-19(mor)
10Petr HellingerIAP/AIAS, Prague1) Temperature anisotropy in the solar wind (review)pdf, 1.6 Mb15-20
2) Proton firehose instabilities in the expanding solar wind (poster)pdf, 1.4 Mb
11Alexander KendlU of Innsbruck2D turbulence in magnetised plasmas (review)pdf, 1.4 Mb17(mor)-19(eve)
12Nuno LoureiroUKAEA Culham1) Instability of current sheets and generation of plasmoid chains (talk)PRL 103, 105004
2) Sweet-Parker reconnection in the presence of turbulence in 2D (poster)MNRAS 399, L146
13Dhrubaditya MitraQueen Mary U of LondonOscillatory migrating magnetic fields in helically forced turbulence (poster)slides: pdf, 356 kb
poster: pdf, 444 kb
14Sergei NazarenkoWarwick UMHD turbulence in a box (review)pdf, 1.7 Mb18(aft)-20(aft)
15Ryusuke NumataU of MarylandCollisionless and collisional tearing mode in gyrokinetics (poster)pdf, 288 kb15-21(mor)
16Thierry PassotObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur, NiceTurbulence in driven dispersive MHD models (talk)pdf, 2.2 Mb15-20(aft)
17Gabriel PlunkU of MarylandDirect and inverse cascades in 2D gyrokinetic turbulence (joint review with Tatsuno)pdf, 2.5 Mb14-21(mor)
18François RinconU de ToulouseNonlinear evolution of parallel firehose instability in weakly collisional plasma (poster)pdf, 516 kb15-22
19Alexander SchekochihinU of Oxford1) Weak Alfvenic turbulence revisited (poster)
2) Mean-field theory for the shear dynamo effect (poster)arXiv:0810.2225
20Pierre-Louis SulemObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur, NiceSimulation and modeling of nonlinear mirror modes (review)pdf, 3.6 Mb15-20(aft)
21Tomoya TatsunoU of MarylandDirect and inverse cascades in 2D gyrokinetic turbulence (joint review with Plunk)pdf, 2.5 Mb15-21(mor)
22Arkady TsinoberImperial College London & Tel Aviv UIs cascade in turbulence a well posed concept? (review)pdf, 7.1 Mb15(eve)-16(aft)
23Dmitri UzdenskyPrinceton UMagnetic reconnection in collisional and collisionless regimes (review)pdf, 1 Mb15(eve)-20(eve)
24Alessandro ZoccoPolitecnico di Torino & WPIInertial regimes in fast nonlinear magnetic reconnection (poster)pdf, 1.7 Mb15(eve)-20(eve)


Monday, 16 FebruaryTuesday, 17 FebruaryWednesday, 18 FebruaryThursday, 19 FebruaryFriday, 20 February
9:30-9:45 Welcome


9:45-10:15 Frisch

10:00-11:00 Hellinger-1,2


9:30-10:00 Cowley

9:30-10:15 Nazarenko

10:30-10:45 Posters:
Mitra, Schekochihin-1,2
(+Workshop Summary)

10:00-10:45 Carter-2
10:30-11:15 Coffee/Posters11:15-11:45 Coffee/Posters10:15-11:00 Coffee/Posters10:45-11:30 Coffee/Posters11:00-11:45 Coffee/Posters

11:15-12:00 Tsinober

11:45-12:30 Sulem

12:45-13:00 Posters: Rincon

11:00-11:30 Kendl
11:45-12:30 Plunk & Tatsuno

12:45-13:00 Posters: Barnes

11:30-12:00 Califano
12:15-12:45 Loureiro-1
(+General Discussion)

11:45-12:15 Dorland
12:00-13:30 Lunch13:00-14:30 Lunch13:00-14:30 Lunch13:00-14:30 Lunch12:30-14:00 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Passot
14:30-15:00 Carter-1

15:15-15:30 Posters: Chen

14:30-15:15 Uzdensky

15:30-15:45 Posters:
Loureiro-2, Numata, Zocco
14:30-15:00 Coffee/Posters
(a chance to reassemble and
form working groups)
14:30-15:00 Coffee/Posters
(a chance to reassemble and
form working groups)
14:00-14:30 Coffee/Posters
(a chance to reassemble and
form working groups)
15:30-... Working groups16:00-... Working groups15:00-... Working groups15:00-... Working groups14:30-... Working groups


The workshop will be held in Nodrbergstr. 15 (follow directions to WPI), room C207 (coffee breaks and posters in C209)
Please contact Ms Doris Obermaier (doris.obermaier at univie dot ac dot at) to arrange accommodation
City-airport train
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