Center for Integrated Computation and Analysis of Reconnection and Turbulence
The Center for Integrated Computation and Analysis of Reconnection and Turbulence (CICART) is a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Dartmouth College under the auspices of the Department of Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DoE/EPSCoR). The purpose of the DoE/EPSCoR program is “to enhance the capabilities of designated States to conduct nationally-competitive energy-related research and to develop science and engineering human resources in energy-related areas to meet current and future needs.”
The principal participants of CICART constitute an interdisciplinary group, drawn from the communities of applied mathematics, astrophysics, computational physics, fluid dynamics, fusion, and space physics. It is a main premise of CICART that fundamental aspects of magnetic reconnection and turbulence in fusion devices, smaller-scale laboratory experiments, and space and astrophysical plasmas can be viewed from a common perspective, and that progress in understanding in any of these interconnected fields is likely to lead to progress in others. The proposed activities of this Center fulfill all three criteria required for DoE/EPSCoR Implementation Awards:
• It will enhance energy-related research on computer simulations and analysis of reconnection and turbulence in magnetized plasmas, with strong applications to fusion energy science as well as space and astrophysical plasma physics, by consolidating and building on existing strengths at UNH and Dartmouth, thereby positioning NH to be nationally competitive in the targeted areas.
• It will foster collaborative research among two NH institutions (UNH and Dartmouth), two DoE laboratories (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory), and other major academic institutions under the auspices of two recognized Centers supported by the DoE and NSF [the Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas (http://www.cmso.info/) and the Center for Multiscale Plasma Dynamics (http://cmpd.umd.edu/)]. Whereas UNH is affiliated with CMSO, Dartmouth is affiliated with CMPD. The proposed research program is complementary to those of CMSO and CMPD.
• It will develop innovative interdisciplinary approaches on problems of longstanding importance by providing avenues of knowledge transfer between astrophysics, fluid dynamics, fusion, and space physics.
In addition, the establishment of this Center will strongly impact a new program in Integrated Applied Mathematics (IAM), presently under consideration by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEPS) at UNH. This is a College-wide program at UNH, involving the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. The College has already committed to making two tenure-track faculty appointments to this new program beginning the academic year 2008, one in the Department of Mathematics and the other in the Department of Physics. The faculty position in the Department of Physics will be supported jointly by CEPS and CICART.
Dr. Spiro Antiochos
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Prof. William Dorland
University of Maryland and Co-Director
DoE Center for Multiscale Plasma Dynamics
Prof. Mark Kushner
University of Michigan and Director
Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering
Prof. Stewart Prager, Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Prof. Robert Rosner
University of Chicago and Director
Argonne National Laboratory