University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Research

Cynthia Cattell

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Cynthia Cattell does research focused on analysis of satellite data to understand the particle acceleration processes, nonlinear physics including collisionless shocks, and energy conversion processes including magnetic field reconnection.

Recent research has focused on microphysics of interplanetary shocks and of magnetic reconnection rapid, energization of relativistic electrons via whistler waves and auroral particle acceleration.
In addition, I have begun doing laboratory plasma physics experiments at the Basic Plasma Physics Facility at UCLA. These experiments are designed to determine how mode conversion of electrostatic waves to radio waves occurs and are motivated by satellite observations of radio bursts from the Sun.