Evan Yerger

2016
Advisor: M. Kunz
Email Address: 
eyerger@princeton.edu

I am working to elucidate the role plasma waves play in magnetic reconnection that occurs when the solar wind collides with the Earth’s magnetosphere. The analysis is primarily conducted using data from NASA’s MMS satellites, but is also aided by simulation. It is my hope that this work furthers our understanding of collisionless magnetic reconnection - an outstanding problem in plasma physics.