By combining sophisticated laboratory experiments with advanced theoretical techniques, we study fundamental plasma physics issues relevant to astrophysics, solar physics, planetary rings, magnetospheres, space propulsion, and controlled thermonuclear fusion. A central unifying theme is that plasma concepts are extremely scalable so our research provides new insights for all the above areas.
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Measurements made by the MMS spacecraft reported by Gershman et al. in the paper Wave-particle energy exchange directly observed in a kinetic Alfvén-branch wave
in Nature Communications validate the method proposed by Paul Bellan in the paper Revised Single-Spacecraft Method for Determining Wavevector k and Resolving Space-time Ambiguity
. This method shows how a single spacecraft can measure the wavelength and direction of a low-frequency plasma wave so four spacecraft are not needed as was previously presumed.