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International Joint COE Center for Magnetic Self-Organization

In April 2010, we started a new international joint COE program: Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas (CMSO) for a new type of interdisciplinary research and education. Its main subject is to activate the international and interdisciplinary research of magnetic self-organization in space and laboratory plasmas. Its keys are to solve how the magnetic field lines reconnect with each other and how its local features are connected to global restructuring of magnetic configuration. Recently, the laboratory astrophysics, such as the laboratory magnetic reconnection experiments have received increased attention and its international and interdisciplinary collaborations with satellite observations and theory/ numerical simulations will be a powerful driving force to solve those key issues. The joint COE program is planned to exchange 20-30 researchers each years among 10 institutes in four countries. Young researchers and students are expected to develop their potentials under this borderless research condition. This joint program is supported by two COE programs: JSPS Core-to-Core program (JAPAN), the NSF COE program (US) and two European research programs and its main members are from Univ. Tokyo (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Y. Ono et al), AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronomical Science), NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Chiba Univ. etc. in Japan, PPPL (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory), Princeton Univ., Wisconsin Univ., Univ. Washington etc. in US and Culham Science Center (UK), Univ. Padova (Italy) in Europe.

Magnetic self-organization of two magnetic flux tubes through magnetic field lines reconnection in the UTST tokamak merging experiment (Univ. Tokyo).
Magnetic self-organization of two magnetic flux tubes through magnetic field lines reconnection in the UTST tokamak merging experiment (Univ. Tokyo).

 

 

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