University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Research

John Wygant

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John Wygant does spacecraft measurement of electric fields and particle acceleration in space plasmas.

Some of the topics we investigate are the structure and dynamics of
collisionless shocks and nonlinear wave modes, auroral acceleration mechanisms, energy release due to magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration and radiation belts, and the large scale convection of magnetospheric plasmas. I am currently the Principal Investigator on the Electric Fields and Waves Instrument on NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes. Launch is scheduled for May of 2012.