Education: Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001; M.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1997
Phone: (773) 702-5837
Location: TAAC 53
Publications: ADS | arXiv
Magnetic fields are present everywhere in the Universe, in systems of vastly different scales ranging from centimeters in laboratory plasma experiments to megaparsecs in clusters of galaxies. These magnetic fields play a vital role for energy balance, dynamic equilibrium, and transport of charged particles in most laboratory plasma and astrophysical systems, such as tokamaks, the Earth's magnetosphere, the solar corona, ISM and IGM. Magnetic fields are dynamic, there is an energy exchange constantly going on between plasmas and fields. I study the dynamo action process by which cosmic magnetic fields are created and evolved. I also work on magnetic reconnection process by which the topology of a magnetic field is changed, the field is destroyed, and the magnetic energy is transferred to plasma kinetic energy, heat and accelerated charged particles.