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2008 Huntsville Workshop
The Physical Processes for Energy and Plasma Transport across Magnetic Boundaries
October 26-31, 2008, Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, Alabama, Big Spring Park
Workshop Summary

Complex processes govern magnetized plasma interactions between regions of differing magnetic fields. These boundary-layer interaction regions can be found at the Sun, at planetary magnetospheres, in the solar wind and in astrophysical plasmas. A variety of different processes such as magnetic reconnection, diffusion, finite gyroradii effects, wave-particle interactions, and stochastic acceleration have been presented as mechanisms responsible for mass and energy transport across these boundaries, but the relative importance and interdependence of these processes remain largely unresolved.

The 2008 Huntsville Workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss what we know about these processes, refine the scientific questions that need to be addressed to progress in their understanding, explore the direction of future experimental and theoretical research, and consider applications to future exploration of the heliosphere. The workshop focus on interdisciplinary sessions will provide for fruitful discussions and a broad basis for further understanding the physics involved in these processes.

The Workshop will take place in Huntsville, Alabama during the week of October 26-31, 2008.

Workshop Conveners
Levon Avanov, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Levon.A.Avanov @
Joseph Minow, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (Joseph.Minow @

Local Organizing Committee
James Spann (Jim.Spann @, Glynn Germany (Glynn.Germany @, Michael
Chandler (Michael.O.Chandler @, Dennis Gallagher (Dennis.L.Gallagher @,
Shen-Wu Chang, (Shen.Chang @, Ken-Ichi Nishikawa (Ken-Ichi.Nishikawa-1 @,Robert Sheldon (Rob.Sheldon-1 @, David Hathaway (David.Hathaway @

Science Program Committee

Dr. Spiro Antiochus - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Prof. Fran Bagenal - University of Colorado, Astrophy. and Planet. Sciences, USA
Dr. John Kirk - Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Germany
Prof. Masahiro Hoshino – University of Tokyo, Dept. Earth & Planet. Science, Japan
Prof. Yu Lin - Auburn University Physics, Auburn, USA
Dr. Nojan (Nick) Omidi - Solana Scientific Inc., USA
Dr. Terrance Onsager, NOAA Space Environment Center, USA
Prof. Kazunari Shibata - Kyoto University, Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Japan
Dr. David Sibeck – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Prof. Oleg Vaisberg – Space Research Institute, RAS, Russia
Prof. Gary Zank – University of California, Inst. of Geophys. and Planet. Physics, Riverside, USA

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