Belgian Forum for Plasma Science

Seminar afternoon

Thursday February 24, 2000


14:00 hWelcome
14:05 hDr. H. De Sterck, Center for Plasma Astrophysics, KUL; presently at Von Karman Institute:
 "Complex magnetohydrodynamic bow shock flows with applications in space physics"
15:00 hCoffee
15:30 hMr G. Bonheure, Laboratory for Plasma Physics, ERM/KMS:
 "Development of a fast ion detector for the TEXTOR-94 tokamak and application to the spectroscopy of 3 MeV fusion protons"
16:25 hEnd

The seminar afternoon will be held at the
Changed ---> Galerie des Généraux - Gallerij der Generaals <--- Changed
Royal Military Academy
rue/Hobbema/straat 8
1000 Brussels
Map to reach the General's Gallery when at the RMA

To reach the RMA, take a look at these route instructions.

Another reason to attend the FORUM Seminar series!

Please note that Hans De Sterck, who is one of the speakers at our next gathering on Feb 24, is one of the recipients of the 1999 Outstanding Performance Award for Outstanding Publication of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. His presentation concerns the award winning research.

Here is more information:

The Outstanding Performance Awards of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), were founded in the 1960s to recognize the highest achievements of UCAR staff.

The Award for Outstanding Publication is given for published results of original research, review papers, pedagogically oriented books, or other contributions to atmospheric science, broadly defined, or for works that connect atmospheric science with other disciplines or with matters of public policy.

The 1999 Award was given in December 1999 to Boon Chye Low and Hans De Sterck (High Altitude Observatory) and Stefaan Poedts (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), for their paper:

"Complex magnetohydrodynamic bow shock topology in field-aligned low-beta flow around a perfectly conducting cylinder", Physics of Plasmas 5(11), 4015-4027.

Citation: This paper significantly improves our understanding of the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) shock structures that form due to high-speed gas and magnetic field outflows from the sun impacting the interplanetary medium and the magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets. The phenomenon of high-speed MHD flow impinging on an obstacle has previously been poorly understood. Through an elegant combination of numerical simulations and ensuing analysis, the authors have brought new and surprising insight into this phenomenon, which occurs in many places in our solar system and, indeed, throughout the universe.