May 2023 Monthly Meeting

When: Tuesday 3rd May at 7:30 pm.
Where: Wellington Museum, in the Draughtsman’s Room. Wellington Museum is at 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf.
Or you can join the meeting via Zoom
Meeting ID: 898 5793 4315
Passcode: 12345

Speaker:  Jago Edyvean – Plasma and the Solar System

Most of the observable Universe exists in a plasma state. Often described as the fourth state of matter, plasma exists on some of the largest universal scales, such as in galaxy clusters, all the way down to some of the smallest scales, such as those found in a nuclear fusion reactor. Our Sun, itself a big ball of plasma, is filling our solar system with a constant stream of plasma, known as the solar wind. The interaction of this plasma with a planet such as the Earth gives rise to what is known as space weather.

So what is plasma? What is going on in these solar-plasma systems? And how does all this space weather affect us on Earth?

Jago Edyvean is a postgraduate student in Space Science at Victoria University of Wellington, supervised by Dr Tulasi Parashar and Dr Eric Le Ru. He is currently working towards a PhD in Plasma Physics on the topic of ‘Energy transfer and dissipation in kinetic plasma turbulence’. He graduated from the University of Leicester, UK, with a First Class BSc in Mathematics, before going on to graduate with a distinction in Space Science and Engineering from University College London with the UK’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory.