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The Dynamo Effect in Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas
7-9 December 2015

Program Organizers: Amitava Bhattacharjee, PPPL/Princeton University
Eric Blackman, Institute for Advanced Study/University of Rochester
Hantao Ji, PPPL/Princeton University
James Stone, Princeton University

The Dynamo Effect may be broadly defined to mean amplification or sustainment of magnetic fields (within some specified range of spatial scales) that survive against otherwise exponential decay due to dissipation. For astrophysics, dynamo research is aimed toward answering the question: “Why are so many constituents of the Universe magnetized?”¬† The question has eluded a definitive theoretical answer so far, although observations of planets, stars, and galaxies provides compelling¬† evidence for the generation of large-scale magnetic fields arising from self-organized turbulence. During the last decade, there have been significant advances in the theory and simulation of dynamos, both for astrophysical objects (including the Sun and Earth) and laboratory plasmas, and it is time to gather experts from these different communities to share their perspectives, and crystallize the precise issues that need to be tackled in order to make further progress on this important problem in classical physics.

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