NSF Career Award: Effects of Magnetosheath properties on the dynamics and plasma transport produced by the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability and on the Plasma Sheet Anisotropies

PI Heidi Nykyri

Project investigates impact of magnetosheath properties on Kelvin-Helmholtz instability 

The magnetosheath processes will be studied by doing a statistical study of the magnetosheath properties using THEMIS data and by utilizing global hybrid (fluid electrons, particle ions) simulations. In addition, the MHD-scale KHI will be compared with hybrid and particle simulations of the instability. 

Research Dates

09/01/2009 to 08/31/2014


  • Heidi Nykyri
    Physical Sciences Department
    Ph.D., M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks