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Title: 2015 Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School Research Reports

The fifth Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School was held June 1st - July 24th, 2015, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). With renewed support from the Institute of Geophysics, Planetary Physics, and Signatures (IGPPS) and additional support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, we hosted a new class of five students from various U.S. and foreign research institutions. The summer school curriculum includes a series of structured lectures as well as mentored research and practicum opportunities. Lecture topics including general and specialized topics in the field of space weather were given by a number of researchers affiliated with LANL. Students were given the opportunity to engage in research projects through a mentored practicum experience. Each student works with one or more LANL-affiliated mentors to execute a collaborative research project, typically linked with a larger ongoing research effort at LANL and/or the student’s PhD thesis research. This model provides a valuable learning experience for the student while developing the opportunity for future collaboration. This report includes a summary of the research efforts fostered and facilitated by the Space Weather Summer School. These reports should be viewed as work-in-progress asmore » the short session typically only offers sufficient time for preliminary results. At the close of the summer school session, students present a summary of their research efforts. Titles of the papers included in this report are as follows: Full particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation of whistler wave generation, Hybrid simulations of the right-hand ion cyclotron anisotropy instability in a sub-Alfvénic plasma flow, A statistical ensemble for solar wind measurements, Observations and models of substorm injection dispersion patterns, Heavy ion effects on Kelvin-Helmholtz instability: hybrid study, Simulating plasmaspheric electron densities with a two-component electric field model, Ion and electron heating by whistler turbulence: parametric studies via particle-in-cell simulation, and The statistics of relativistic electron pitch angle distribution in the Earth’s radiation belt based on the Van Allen Probes measurements.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [3] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  3. Univ. College London, Bloomsbury (United Kingdom)
  4. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  5. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
  6. Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States)
  7. Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  8. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1227256
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--15-29127
TRN: US1600090
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; HELMHOLTZ INSTABILITY; LANL; HEAVY IONS; WHISTLERS; ELECTRONS; INTERPLANETARY SPACE; WEATHER; LECTURES; SOLAR WIND; CYCLOTRON INSTABILITY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; INJECTION; STATISTICS; RADIATION BELTS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRON DENSITY; PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS; RADIATION BELTS; ANISOTROPY; DISTRIBUTION; HEATING; INCLINATION; LEARNING; PLASMA; PROBES; TURBULENCE; MAGNETIC BAYS; PLASMASPHERE Heliospheric and Magnetospheric Physics