KEVIN SCHOEFFLER

Instituto Superior Técnico

Contact

IPFN

Instituto Superior Técnico

Lisbon, Portugal

kschoeffler@ipfn.ist.utl.pt

About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher working under Luis Silva in the Group for Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP) at the Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN) at Instituto Superior Técnico. I am generaly interested in fluid dynamics in nature, and in particular plasma physics. I have a particular interest in magnetic reconnection, and its applications in understanding many systems in space physics. I work on computer modeling of plasmas where I have used parallel processing on supercomputers including Helios, Shaheen, Supermuc, Juqueen, Mira, and MareNostrum, I completed my Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland, where I worked with James Drake.

Recent Work

Most recently I have been looking into the generation of magnetic fields by the Biermann battery, relevant in both experimental plasmas generated by lasers and in astrophysical situations. I have also been exploring 3D MHD plasmoid generation in reconnection setups with large Lundquist number.

For my Ph.D. I had been working on a particular application of reconnection in the outer heliosphere, which we have been fortunate enough to get media attention for.

Fox News: Huge Magnetic Bubbles May Churn at Solar System's Edge
National Geographic: Frothy Magnetic-Bubble Sea Found at Solar System's Edge
BBC: Voyagers ride 'magnetic bubbles'
MSNBC: Magnetic bubbles churn at solar system's edge

My work looked into the effect of plasma beta on these magnetic bubbles in the news.