OXFORD PLASMA THEORY GROUP

PLASMA SEMINARS AND GROUP MEETINGS

The style of the seminars will be informal/chaotic/interactive, following the established tradition. The format of the presentations can be a tutorial on a topic of interest, a report on just completed/ongoing/just starting/potentially interesting research projects, a literature review, a lecture by a passing visitor or anything else worthwhile that anyone cares to suggest. The speakers will be interrupted freely and asked to defend themselves. For background reading, only the most relevant or the most recent references are posted; please follow the paper trail from there. The schedule is subject to change on short notice, but what you see posted here is always up to date; the seminars are also announced via the department's seminar server (group meetings are not). Please email Alex Schekochihin if you would like to receive email updates on these seminars. "Plasma group meetings" will discuss current affairs (ongoing projects, new litearture etc.) as well as feature some presentations that are even more informal than seminars. They are open to all members of the Oxford Plasma Theory Group. While some expected contributions are pre-announced, everything is TBC and people wishing their work to be discussed can volunteer contributions without prior notice. Unlike for the seminars, there will not be full-spam-list email reminders of the group meetings. The seminars and group meetings are organised by Michael Barnes, Felix Parra and Alex Schekochihin, please contact them with any queries or if you wish to present something.

Past seminar database:
Autumn 2007; Winter-Spring 2008; Summer 2008; Autumn 2008; HT 2009; TT 2009; Summer 2009; MT 2009; HT 2009; TT 2010; Summer 2010; MT 2010; HT 2011; TT 2011; Summer 2011; MT 2011; HT 2012; TT 2012; Summer 2012; MT 2012; HT 2013; TT & Summer 2013; MT 2013; HT 2014; TT & Summer 2014; MT 2014; HT 2015; TT & Summer 2015; MT 2015; HT 2016; TT & Summer 2016; Autumn/MT 2016; HT 2017; TT & Summer 2017; Autumn/MT 2017; HT 2018; TT & Summer 2018; MT 2018; HT 2019; TT & Summer 2019;

  Michaelmas Term of 2019

The seminars/group meetings will be on Thursday at 11:00 in 501 Denys Wilkinson Building, except where indicated otherwise below.
Note also the ALP Seminars (here is a list of all Physics seminars)

If you know exactly what you are going to do, what is the point of doing it? Pablo Picasso
He goeth furthest who knows not whither he is going. Oliver Cromwell

Every line in your calculations ends with "=0". You are not making much progress!
Kate Hammett
We don't do the calculation because we don't know the answer, we do it because we have a conscience. Bryan Taylor
Let's change the resolution on the Unknown. Gabe Plunk
Let me put it differently: suppose we had a reactor... Per Helander
Working together takes more than one person. Bill Dorland
We can't do ultraviolence to that square bracket. Ian Abel
Field lines are forever. Bryan Taylor
This is not really an ill-posed problem, this is not a problem at all. Paul Dellar
I am just doing mathematics at the moment, but it is mathematics that has some point. Bryan Taylor
The equivalent of God in MAST is MHD, which is global and all-powerful. Anthony Field
I've got a fishbone coming up. Tim Horbury
We have crossed all the i's and dotted all the t's. Job's a good'un. Ian Abel
Let us not jump in front of the bandwagon! Alex Schekochihin
It's not the triviality, it's the emptiness of it that bothers me. Bryan Taylor
Never take 0 for an answer. Alex Schekochihin
This is a very inefficient way of achieving nothing. François Rincon
We Hankel all the way in and then Hankel all the way out. Joseph Parker
For the sake of fairness, let me mention that some people have objections to this, none of which are particularly valid. Chris Chen
Yes, Steve, you have always known what we have only just figured out. Alfred Mallet
This is more or less right. Perhaps less. Alfred Mallet
You go ahead with your argument. I'll think. Steve Cowley
Too simple? At the end of my talk, you will beg for simplicity! Andrey Beresnyak
What is the point? The point is not the point! Anonymous
This is why I am presenting this here and nowhere else: nothing is solved! Ian Abel
This calculation is not intellectual masturbation: there's no orgasm. Anonymous
It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. Maynard Keynes 


Previous studies of this problem have been either unsatisfactory or limited in scope.---What  is the difference between these?---This means either wrong or irrelevant.
Anatoly Spitkovsky, Michael Medvedev & Steve Cowley (in conversation)
I don't give a damn about astrophysics, explain to me what is going on. Anatoly Spitkovsky
Have you subtracted the baby with the bathwater? Steve Balbus
 
This is not rigour, unless you mean rigor mortis. Ian Abel
I wouldn't say these are theoretical arguments... Let's just call them arguments. François Rincon
You can never be too happy with the state of your closure. Amitava Bhattacharjee
For this plot, 1 is 6.--- Weeell, not even. Steve Cowley & Steve Balbus
This qualitative explanation is not of sufficient quality. Eugene Churazov
If you mean it seriously, this is actually a very good question. Minhyong Kim
This paper is a tour de farce. Ian Abel
What is modelling? You run a simulation, you compare. If it coincides, great! If it doesn't coincide, fuck! Felix Parra
We are stuck at x=0. Felix Parra
I have seen papers where the student wasn't the problem. Michael Hardman
There has been a lot of fascinating work on this subject, most of it kind of boring. Philipp Kempski
So now you want us to drop everything we are doing and start worrying about what the big questions are?! Ian Abel
Oh dear, I thought I had some conclusions. Nuno Loureiro
I've got my little fingers inside this plasma. Steve Cowley
Words will play a big role in this talk. Dmitri Uzdensky
Everything that can be done should be done---and that's the astrophysical attitude. Michael Medvedev
What I will talk about is not low-hanging fruit. A lot of people have looked at this. There is no fruit here at all.---How about sour grapes? Michael Medvedev & Nuno Loureiro
In order to have a disappointment, you first have to have an appointment. Alex Schekochihin
[these quotes are mostly from Oxford plasma seminars and the Vienna meetings]

Wk Date
Time
& place
Speaker & Topic
Background reading
Comings and goings
(incl. visitors in town)
-1
Thu
Oct 3
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Tutorial (organised by FELIX)
Felix Parra --- Lectures on tokamak neoclassical theory (1)
notes may be
available
from Felix

0
Thu
Oct 10
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Seminar (organised by ALEX)
Per Helander (IPP Greifswald) --- Record performance in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator

Per Helander
(IPP Greifswald)
I
Thu
Oct
17
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by ALEX)
Michael Hardman, Plamen Ivanov, Toby Adkins et al. --- Report on EFTC-2019


II
Thu
Oct
24
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Tutorial (organised by FELIX)
Felix Parra --- Lectures on tokamak neoclassical theory (2)
notes may be
available
from Felix

III
Thu
Oct
31
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Seminar (organised by ALEX)
Alex Lazarian (UW Madison) --- TBA

Alex Lazarian
(UW Madison)
IV
Thu
Nov
7
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Seminar (organised by GIANLUCA)
Marta Fajardo (IST Lisbon) --- TBA

Marta Fajardo
(IST Lisbon)
V
Thu
Nov
14
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by FELIX)
TBA


VI
Thu
Nov
21
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by ALEX)
TBA


VII
Thu
Nov
28
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by FELIX)
TBA


VIII
Thu
Dec
5
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by ALEX)
David Hosking --- TBA


9
Thu
Dec
12
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by MICHAEL)
TBA


10
Thu
Dec
19
11:00
501
DWB
Plasma Group Meeting (organised by MICHAEL)
TBA



Thu
Dec
26
No seminar