Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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The Great Similarity between Plasmas and Galaxies

Chung-Sang Ng
Physics Dept/GI, University of Alaska Fairbanks



In this talk I will try to introduce a great similarity between the kinetic description of plasmas and stellar systems such as galaxies, especially to our graduate students who just started learning plasma physics. I will illustrate this through two of my recent results. One is a linear problem on Landau damping in stellar systems [Astrophys. J., 923, 271 (2021)]. The other one is a new “Galactic Disk”-model of a nonlinear equilibrium in plasmas known as a Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal (BGK) mode [submitted, arxiv: 2207.11632 (2022)]. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation grant PHY-2010617.


Friday, 30 September 2022

Globe Room, Elvey Building and on Zoom :