Laboratory Study of Instabilities and Turbulence Relevant to Astrophysical Accretion Disks

Wed 4 Nov 2020

This colloquium is hosted by STScI and will be held as a fully virtual event.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Studying astrophysical processes in the lab becomes increasingly possible and exciting, complementing numerical simulations. In this colloquium, I will describe two example experimental efforts that I am closely involved in. The first one is about mechanisms of rapid angular momentum transport required to explain the observed fast accretion such as star formation and powering quasars. By carefully isolating effects due to artificial boundaries that are unavoidable in terrestrial experiments, key astrophysical questions regarding hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic stabilities can be uniquely studied in the laboratory. Future prospects of the growing field of laboratory plasma astrophysics will be discussed.

Speaker: Hantao Ji (Princeton University)


All 2020 Fall Colloquium virtual talks are held on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.

Please direct questions or comments to contact above.  The 2020-2021 committee members are: Karoline Gilbert (STScI co-chair), Ethan Vishniac (JHU co-chair), Graeme Addison (JHU), Martha Boyer (STScI), Joshua Peek (STScI), Kevin Schlaufman (JHU), and Raymond Simons (STScI).