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Solar and Heliospheric Collisionless Kinetics: Enabling Data Analysis of the Sun to Earth Plasma
System with Kinetic Modelling

Objective

This project brings together leading European groups working in the area of kinetic modelling of space plasma to enhance and accelerate the effective scientific exploitation of existing space plasma data sets and to maximize the scientific return of future space missions, both European and international. The fundamental concept of the project is to take advantage in the European context of the synergies between space plasma modelling and data analysis. At the present time there is a vast store of collected data from robotic space plasma missions and also an increasing awareness that kinetic processes at small length scales and short time scales are crucial for a proper understanding of the fundamental processes which govern the dynamics of heliospheric plasmas from the solar corona outwards. The top level aims of this project are: (1) To provide a focus for the increased use of kinetic simulations in enhancing space data analysis for European Space Agency (ESA) missions such as Cluster, Cassini, Ulysses, Helios, BepiColombo, and Solar Orbiter, but also for international missions such as Themis, MMS, Solar Probe Plus, etc.; (2) To take forward the state of the art in research using kinetic plasma simulations of space plasma systems, so that new models are developed and exploited allowing the synergies between data analysis and code validation to emerge; and (3) To improve our knowledge and understanding of the Sun to Earth plasma system, and fundamental processes such as turbulence, shocks, particle acceleration and reconnection, which have relevance for other astrophysical environments.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Coordinator

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 475 375
Administrative Contact
David Burgess (Prof.)

Participants (6)

ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 288 920
Address
Fricova 298
25165 Ondrejov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stepan Stverak (Dr.)
SPRINX SYSTEMS AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 150 445,75
Address
Vychozi 118 / 6 Podoli
147 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jiri Cap (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 322
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Trish Starrs (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 443 492
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Hélène Faradji (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 294 007
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ornella Franchi (Dr.)
CONVERGING NETWORK SOLUTIONS SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 136 542,25
Address
Vychozi 118 6
147 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zdenek Kral (Mr.)