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Alexander Engel

TATEH 285-05 (office)
engel692 @ umn.edu

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Summary of Interests
Space Physics

About My Work

In the Earth's magnetosphere ions and electrons move under the influence of various electric and magnetic field arangements. These particle motions can be simulated to test and extend our understanding of magnetospheric processes, including injections and shocks. I do this with full Lorentz particle steppers (e.g. Boris algorithm) or guiding center equations. The simulations are parallelized and run on a supercomputer. This allows for finding the motion of complex particle distributions. Initial particle and field data is based on data collected by magnetospheric spacecraft, such as the Van Allen Probes.

Education

B.S. Physics University of Minnesota, 2016