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KAW grant to study extreme plasma flares

Aurora as seen from the International Space Station. © ESA/NASA
Published Oct 14, 2022

SPP is part of the consortium that has been awarded a project grant by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to study extreme plasma flares.

Plasma flares give rise to some of the most beautiful phenomena in the universe, such as the aurora borealis, but they can also cause damage to important technological infrastructure on ground or in space. However, it is still unknown what conditions are required to create eruptions with extremely strong energy flows. The project combines theoretical and experimental competences from both space and laboratory plasma physics to understand which combination of effects creates extreme flares.

The project is led by Professor Tünde Fülöp, Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The co-applicants in the project are István Pusztai from the same department, Andris Vaivads from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Yuri Khotyaintsev from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). 

Chalmers press release