Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Dr. Leonardo Regoli

Date: February 1, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: SRB Auditorium, room 2246

Title: "Plasma interactions at non-magnetized bodies in the Solar System"

Abstract: the way that Solar System bodies interact with their surrounding plasma environments is heavily influenced by the presence or absence of strong magnetic fields. The presence of a global magnetic field creates the typical picture of a large magnetosphere, but the lack of a global field can derive in many different types of interactions that are defined by other factors. One of the dominant factors is the presence or absence of a significant atmosphere. Mars and Titan are two great examples of non-magnetized bodies with significant atmospheres and yet their interaction with the surrounding plasma is quite different. Using a combination of modeling and data analysis from the MAVEN and Cassini missions, I will go through some of the details of these interactions, what we understand so far and some of the open questions that drive ideas for future exploration of these environments.
Biography: Leonardo Regoli completed his PhD studies in space physics studying Titan's interaction with the magnetosphere of Saturn in the framework of a collaborative program between the University College London (UCL) and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research. After graduating, he started a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering department at the University of Michigan, studying the interaction of Mars with the solar wind from a modeling and data analysis perspective. He is also involved in magnetometer-related studies at the Michigan Moldwin Magnetics lab.

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