Feb. 14, 2020,
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Solar magnetic activity provides the dynamic, pulsating heart of the Heliosphere. The transformations of energy that accompany solar magnetic activity remain a mysterious, complex phenomenon, with ramifications that extend beyond space physics into astrophysics as a whole. This seminar will provide a pedagogical overview to the question of coronal stability and the roles of magnetic reconnection, waves and turbulence in magnetic energy release. It will also briefly describe the objectives of a recently funded phase I DRIVE science center whose goals are to use the Heliophysics Systems Observatory, i.e. the fleet of solar, heliospheric, geospace, and planetary spacecraft, together with ground based Observatories, to make progress on magnetic energy conversion processes throughout the Heliosphere.