Lynn B Wilson

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Lynn B Wilson

  • RESEARCH AST, FIELDS AND PARTICLES
  • 301.286.6487
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 672
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

     I started my work in space plasma physics at Saint John's University [Collegeville, MN] while working on my senior thesis [Advisor:  J. Crumley].  My thesis, titled:  A Theoretical Approach to Analyzing the Size and Shape of Solitary Waves, examined the possible shapes of electrostatic BGK electron phase-space holes assuming a Gaussian potential.  I was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Minnesota and participated in a summer research fellowship prior to the start of term continuing my work on solitary waves.  I worked for C.A. Cattell, J. Crumley's former doctoral advisor.

    I started to officially work for Dr. Cattell after my first year of course work on waveform observations in and around collisionless shock waves.  I was appointed an RA for my second year as a graduate student and won the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, which funded my work from Sep. 2007 through May 2010.  I applied for both the NASA Postdoctoral Program and the Living With a Star Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in early 2010.  I was awarded a fellowship for the later, but was later offered a permanent position as a civil servant at NASA, which I accepted.  I won the Dr. Leonard F. Burlaga/Arctowski Medal Fellowship in the summer of 2010 to fund the rest of my graduate career.

    I defended my dissertation, titled:  The microphysics of collisionless shocks, in Sep. 2010.  Three days later, my fiance and I drove to Maryland from MInnesota to start my new career at NASA.

    I continue to work on wave-particle microphysics and have helped with updating the calibration [in collaboration with Berkeley SSL] of an electrostatic analyzer on the Wind spacecraft.

     

    Research Interests

    Large amplitude whistler mode waves in the radiation belts

    I am interested in the properties of large amplitude whistler mode waves in the terrestrial radiation belts because they may play important roles in global radiation belt dynamics.

    Energy dissipation in collisionless shocks

    Collisionless shock waves are a ubiquitous phenomena in space.  They are observed in situ around planets in our solar system and in front of transient solar eruptions called coronal mass ejections.  Collisionless shocks are thought to produce some of the highest energy cosmic rays and are known to be efficient accelerators of particles in our solar system.  Their capacity to accelerate particles and induce large magnetic effects in both the terrestrial magnetic field and our power grids make collisionless shocks a topic of considerable interest.

    Shock waves are the result of a process called nonlinear wave steepening that has reached the point where the steepening is balanced by some form of energy dissipation.  In a collisional fluid (like our atmosphere), energy dissipation is accomplished by irreversibly transferring the bulk kinetic energy of the flow into random kinetic energy (i.e. heat) through binary particle collisions.  In a collisionless medium, this type of energy dissipation cannot limit wave steepening.

    One of the theorized energy dissipation mechanisms is anomalous resistivity, due to wave-particle interactions.  Here, the waves create effective collisions with the particles involved in creating the currents in the ramp of a collisionless magnetized shock wave.  These anomalous collisions limit the current (i.e. relative drift between electrons and ions), thus limit the wave steepening.

    Other forms of energy dissipation are thought to occur, including wave dispersion, particle reflection, and reversible macroscopic effects.  I am also interested in particle reflection and dispersive effects in collisionless shock waves.

    Wave-Particle Interactions

    Wave-particle interactions is a generalized way to express the study of energy/momentum transfer between electromagnetic fields and charged particles.  I study these processes by examining data from instruments that measure electric and magnetic fields combined with data from particle detectors.  Using these data, in addition to theory, I can infer and sometimes definitively show evidence of wave-particle interactions.

    These processes are important, as they are thought to play a role in:

    1. coronal heating;
    2. solar flare particle acceleration;
    3. particle acceleration at collisionless shocks; and
    4. particle heating at collisionless shocks.

    Particle Acceleration

    I am interested in understanding how transient ion foreshock phenomena (TIFP) can locally accelerate particles.  Some examples of TIFP include:

    1. short large amplitude magnetic structures or SLAMS;
    2. hot flow anomalies or HFAs; and
    3. foreshock bubbles or FBs.

    The reasons are many fold, but a natural extension is for high energy shock acceleration.  In particular, I am referring to the type of shock acceleration that involves a particle bouncing back-and-forth across the shock reflecting off of localize scattering centers, called diffusive shock acceleration or DSA.  If we can show evidence that small-scale (compared to the bow shock, for instance) phenomena can locally accelerate particles, then it supports some shock acceleration theories (e.g., DSA) used to explain the origin of the observed high energy cosmic rays.

    I have already shown that SLAMS can locally accelerate ions [e.g., Wilson et al., 2013b], but now my colleagues and I are interested in looking at whether similar structures can locally accelerate electrons.  If so, then this may help explain some of the synchrotron radiation observed in supernova remnants and other astrophysical phenomena.

    Current Projects

    Wind Spacecraft

    I work on the following projects related to the Wind spacecraft:

    1. I continue to write/update IDL libraries used to analyze and calibrate data from the Wind 3DP, MFI, and WAVES instruments
    2. I work to keep the Wind spacecraft wikipedia page updated at:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIND_(spacecraft)
    3. I work to keep the Wind spacecraft home page updated at:
      http://wind.nasa.gov
    4. I continue to publish results using data from the Wind spacecraft
    5. I am working with David Malaspina to produce a dust impact database from the WAVES time domain sampler (TDS) receiver waveform capture data
    6. I am working with the University of Minnesota WAVES group to create a final archive for the WAVES TDS waveform captures for the entire mission

    THEMIS Spacecraft

    1. Contribute to and help to update TDAS (now called SPEDAS) software
    2. Examine energy dissipation mechanisms in collisionless shocks
    3. Examine particle acceleration by
      • collisionless shocks
      • transient ion foreshock phenomena
      • electromagnetic waves
    4. Examine energy dissipation mechanisms in magnetic reconnection

    Positions/Employment

    5/2006 - 8/2007

    Research Assistant

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    9/2007 - 9/2010

    Research Fellow

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    9/2010 - Present

    Research Astrophysicist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    2012 - 6/2016

    Deputy Project Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

    deputy project scientist for the Wind spacecraft

    6/2016 - Present

    Wind Project Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Teaching Experience

    Sep 2005 - May 2006    Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, MInneapolis, MN

    Sep 2002 - May 2005    Teaching Assistant, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN

    Education

    Ph.D. (Space Plasma Physics), Sep. 2010, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    B.A. (Physics), May 2005, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2006 - Present
    European Geosciences Union, 2011 - Present
    American Physical Society, 2011 - Present
    American Institute Of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2016 - Present

    Professional Service

    Committee Member, 2015
    Strategic Planning Committee, Heliophysics Science Division

    Session Convener
    Meeting: 2012 Fall AGU Meeting
    Title:  "Wave-Particle Interactions and Collisionless Shocks"

    Meeting:  2014 Fall AGU Meeting
    Title:  "Twenty years of Wind observations"

    Meeting:  2016 Fall AGU Meeting
    Title:  "Collisionless Shock Waves in Astrophysical Plasmas"

    Journal Referee 2011-Present
    - Advances in Space Research
    - Annales Geophysicae
    - The Astrophysical Journal Letters
    - The Astrophysical Journal
    - Geophysical Research Letters
    - Journal of Geophysical Research
    - Physics of Plasmas
    - Space Science Reviews

    Awards

    • Code 670 Peer Award [Aug 2016]
    • Dr. Leonard F. Burlaga/Arctowski Medal Fellowship [Summer 2010]
    • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, Heliophysics Division [Sep 2007 - May 2010]

    Grants

    01/01/2015 - 12/31/2016 ROSES H-GI ODDE, NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH14ZDA001N-HGI

    A Dust Impact Database for the Wind Spacecraft

    ; Co-I
    10/01/2015 - 09/30/2016 Science Innovation Fund, NASA

    Non-Maxwellian Electron Distributions and X-Ray Spectra of Galaxy Clusters

    ; Co-I
    03/01/2016 - 02/28/2019 Heliophysics Supporting Research Program, NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH15ZDA001N-HSR

    Electron Acceleration by Transient Ion Foreshock Phenomena

    ; PI
    03/01/2016 - 02/28/2019 Heliophysics Supporting Research Program, NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH15ZDA001N-HSR

    The true origin of the heliospheric ion suprathermal tail

    ; Co-I

    Publications

    Refereed

    Osmane, A., L. B. Wilson, L. Blum, and T. I. Pulkkinen. 2016. "ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MICROBURSTS AND NONLINEAR ELECTRONIC STRUCTURES IN PLANETARY RADIATION BELTS." The Astrophysical Journal, 816 (2): 51 [10.3847/0004-637x/816/2/51]

    Wilson, L. B. 2016. "Low Frequency Waves at and Upstream of Collisionless Shocks." Geophysical Monograph Series, In: Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas, 216: Hoboken, NJ: 269-291, ISBN: 9781119055006. [10.1002/9781119055006.ch16]

    Wicks, R. T., R. L. Alexander, M. Stevens, et al. L. B. Iii, P. S. Moya, A. Viñas, L. K. Jian, D. A. Roberts, S. O’Modhrain, J. A. Gilbert, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2016. "A PROTON-CYCLOTRON WAVE STORM GENERATED BY UNSTABLE PROTON DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS IN THE SOLAR WIND." The Astrophysical Journal, 819 (1): 6 [10.3847/0004-637x/819/1/6]

    Kempf, Y., D. Pokhotelov, O. Gutynska, et al. L. B. Wilson, B. M. Walsh, S. von Alfthan, O. Hannuksela, D. G. Sibeck, and M. Palmroth. 2015. "Ion distributions in the Earth's foreshock: Hybrid-Vlasov simulation and THEMIS observations." J. Geophys. Res., 120: 3684-3701 [10.1002/2014JA020519]

    Tang, X., C. Cattell, R. Lysak, et al. L. B. Wilson, L. Dai, and S. Thaller. 2015. "THEMIS observations of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves and associated ion heating near the Earth’s dayside magnetopause." J. Geophys. Res., 120: 3380-3392 [10.1002/2015JA020984]

    Malaspina, D. M., M. Horanyi, A. Zaslavsky, et al. K. Goetz, L. B. Wilson, and K. Kersten. 2014. "Interplanetary and interstellar dust observed by the Wind/WAVES electric field instrument." Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (2): 266-272 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2013GL058786]

    Yu, W., C. J. Farrugia, N. Lugaz, et al. A. B. Galvin, E. J. Kilpua, H. Kucharek, C. Möstl, M. Leitner, R. B. Torbert, K. C. Simunac, J. G. Luhmann, A. Szabo, L. B. Wilson, K. W. Ogilvie, and J. A. Sauvaud. 2014. "A Statistical Analysis of Properties of Small Transients in the Solar Wind 2007-2009: STEREO and Wind Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research, 119 (2): 689-708 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2013JA019115]

    Wilson, L. B., D. G. Sibeck, A. W. Breneman, et al. O. Le Contel, C. Cully, D. L. Turner, V. Angelopoulos, and D. M. Malaspina. 2014. "Quantified energy dissipation rates in the terrestrial bow shock: 2. Waves and dissipation." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 119 (8): 6475-6495 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014JA019930]

    Wilson, L. B., D. G. Sibeck, A. W. Breneman, et al. O. Le Contel, C. Cully, D. L. Turner, V. Angelopoulos, and D. M. Malaspina. 2014. "Quantified energy dissipation rates in the terrestrial bow shock: 1. Analysis techniques and methodology." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 119 (8): 6455-6474 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014JA019929]

    Muzamil, F. M., C. J. Farrugia, R. B. Torbert, et al. P. R. Pritchett, F. S. Mozer, J. D. Scudder, C. T. Russell, P. E. Sandholt, W. F. Denig, and L. B. Wilson. 2014. "Structure of a reconnection layer poleward of the cusp: Extreme density asymmetry and a guide field." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 119 (9): 7343-7362 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014JA019879]

    Wilson, L. B., A. Koval, A. Szabo, et al. A. W. Breneman, C. A. Cattell, K. Goetz, P. J. Kellogg, K. Kersten, J. C. Kasper, B. A. Maruca, and M. Pulupa. 2013. "Electromagnetic waves and electron anisotropies downstream of supercritical interplanetary shocks." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 5-16 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012JA018167]

    Malaspina, D. M., D. L. Newman, L. B. Wilson, et al. K. Goetz, P. J. Kellogg, and K. Kersten. 2013. "Electrostatic Solitary Waves in the Solar Wind: Evidence for Instability at Solar Wind Current Sheets." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 591-599 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/jgra.50102]

    Wilson, L. B., A. Koval, D. G. Sibeck, et al. A. Szabo, C. A. Cattell, J. C. Kasper, B. A. Maruca, M. Pulupa, C. S. Salem, and M. Wilber. 2013. "Shocklets, SLAMS, and field-aligned ion beams in the terrestrial foreshock." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 957-966 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012JA018186]

    Tang, X., C. A. Cattell, J. Dombeck, et al. L. Dai, L. B. Wilson, A. W. Breneman, and A. Hupach. 2013. "THEMIS observations of the magnetopause electron diffusion region: Large amplitude waves and heated electrons." Geophys. Res. Lett., 40: 2884-2890 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/grl.50565]

    Cattell, C. A., A. W. Breneman, K. Goetz, et al. P. J. Kellogg, K. Kersten, J. R. Wygant, L. B. Wilson, M. D. Looper, J. B. Blake, and I. Roth. 2012. "Large-Amplitude Whistler Waves and Electron Acceleration in the Earth’s Radiation Belts: A Review of STEREO and Wind Observations." Geophys. Monogr. Ser., 199: 41-51 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012GM001322]

    Breneman, A., C. A. Cattell, J. R. Wygant, et al. K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson, L. Dai, C. Colpitts, P. J. Kellogg, K. Goetz, and A. Paradise. 2012. "Explaining polarization reversals in STEREO wave data." Journal of Geophysical Research, 117: A04317 [10.1029/2011JA017425]

    Wilson, L. B., A. Koval, A. Szabo, et al. A. Breneman, C. A. Cattell, K. Goetz, P. J. Kellogg, K. Kersten, J. C. Kasper, B. A. Maruca, and M. Pulupa. 2012. "Observations of Electromagnetic Whistler Precursors at Supercritical Interplanetary Shocks." Geophysical Research Letters, 39: L08109 [10.1029/2012GL051581]

    Collinson, G. A., L. B. Wilson, D. G. Sibeck, et al. N. Shane, T. L. Zhang, T. E. Moore, A. J. Coates, and S. Barabash. 2012. "Short large-amplitude magnetic structures (SLAMS) at Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (A10): A10221 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012JA017838]

    Kersten, K., C. A. Cattell, A. Breneman, et al. K. Goetz, P. J. Kellogg, J. R. Wygant, L. B. Wilson, J. B. Blake, M. D. Looper, and I. Roth. 2011. "Observation of relativistic electron microbursts in conjunction with intense radiation belt whistler-mode waves." Geophysical Research Letters, 38: L08107 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2011GL046810]

    Breneman, A., C. A. Cattell, J. R. Wygant, et al. K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson, S. Schreiner, P. J. Kellogg, and K. Goetz. 2011. "Large-amplitude transmitter-associated and lightning-associated whistler waves in the Earth's inner plasmasphere at L < 2." Journal of Geophysical Research, 116 (A6): A06310 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010JA016288]

    Cattell, C. A., J. Dombeck, A. Preiwisch, et al. S. Thaller, P. Vo, L. B. Wilson, J. R. Wygant, S. B. Mende, H. U. Frey, R. Ilie, and G. Lu. 2011. "Observations of a high-latitude stable electron auroral emission at ~16 MLT during a large substorm." Journal of Geophysical Research, 116: 7215 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010JA016132]

    Kellogg, P. J., C. A. Cattell, K. Goetz, S. J. Monson, and L. B. Wilson. 2011. "Large amplitude whistlers in the magnetosphere observed with Wind-Waves." Journal of Geophysical Research, 116: 9224 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010JA015919]

    Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, et al. J. R. Wygant, K. Goetz, A. Breneman, and K. Kersten. 2011. "The properties of large amplitude whistler mode waves in the magnetosphere: Propagation and relationship with geomagnetic activity." Geophysical Research Letters, 38: 17107 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2011GL048671]

    Breneman, A., C. A. Cattell, S. Schreiner, et al. K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson, P. J. Kellogg, K. Goetz, and L. K. Jian. 2010. "Observations of large-amplitude, narrowband whistlers at stream interaction regions." J. Geophys. Res., 115 (A8): A08104 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2009JA014920]

    Kellogg, P. J., C. A. Cattell, K. Goetz, S. J. Monson, and L. B. Wilson. 2010. "Electron trapping and charge transport by large amplitude whistlers." Geophysical Research Letters, 37: 20106 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010GL044845]

    Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, et al. K. Goetz, K. Kersten, J. C. Kasper, A. Szabo, and M. Wilber. 2010. "Large-amplitude electrostatic waves observed at a supercritical interplanetary shock." J. Geophys. Res., 115 (A12): 12104 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010JA015332]

    Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, et al. K. Goetz, K. Kersten, J. C. Kasper, A. Szabo, and K. Meziane. 2009. "Low-frequency whistler waves and shocklets observed at quasi perpendicular interplanetary shocks." Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 114: [10106-10.1029/2009JA014376]

    Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, et al. K. Goetz, K. Kersten, J. C. Kasper, A. Szabo, and K. Meziane. 2009. "Low-frequency whistler waves and shocklets observed at quasi-perpendicular interplanetary shocks." Journal of Geophysical Research, 114: 10106 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2009JA014376]

    Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, et al. K. Goetz, K. Kersten, L. Hanson, R. MacGregor, and J. C. Kasper. 2007. "Waves in Interplanetary Shocks: A Wind/WAVES Study." Physical Review Letters, 99: 041101 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.041101]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Relativistic electrons produced by foreshock disturbances

    4 / 15 / 2016

    Astroplasmas Seminar, Apr. 15, 2016, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

    Energy dissipation at the terrestrial bow shock

    3 / 29 / 2016

    Friends of the Magnetosphere (FOM) Seminar, Mar. 29, 2016, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder

    Relativistic electrons produced by foreshock disturbances

    3 / 31 / 2016

    LASP Science Seminar, Mar. 31, 2016, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder

    Energy dissipation at the terrestrial bow shock

    10 / 12 / 2015

    Presented at Cluster 25th Workshop held in Venice, Italy, Oct. 12-15, 2015.

    Do magnetospheric scientists take the magnetosheath for granted?

    9 / 7 / 2015

    Presented at Unsolved Problems of Magnetospheric Physics held in Scarborough, UK, Sep. 6-12, 2015.

    Particle Acceleration through Wave-Particle Interactions

    9 / 10 / 2015

    Presented at Unsolved Problems of Magnetospheric Physics held in Scarborough, UK, Sep. 6-12, 2015.

    Particle acceleration through wave-particle interactions 4 / 14 / 2015
    Accelerating Cosmic Ray Comprehension, Apr. 13–16, 2015, Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics, Princeton, NJ.
    Collisionless Shock Waves and Wave-Particle Interactions (plenary) 11 / 4 / 2014
    2014 LWS Science Meeting: Evolving Solar Activity and Its Influence on Space and Earth, Nov. 2–6, 2014, Portland, Oregon.
    Collisionless shocks in the interplanetary medium (lecture) 11 / 11 / 2014
    8th Korean Astrophysics Workshop on Astrophysics, Nov. 10–13, 2014, Jeju Island, Korea.
    Wave-particle interactions at collisionless shock waves 11 / 11 / 2014
    8th Korean Astrophysics Workshop on Astrophysics, Nov. 10–13, 2014, Jeju Island, Korea.
    Quantified Energy Dissipation Rates in the Terrestrial Bow Shock 11 / 17 / 2014
    APL Space Physics Seminar, Nov. 17, 2014, John's Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
    Wave Activity within the Ramp of Collisionless Shock Waves: Recent Results 7 / 31 / 2014
    AOGS 11th Annual Meeting
    July 28 - Aug. 1, 2014
    Sapporo, Japan
    Quantified Energy Dissipation Rates in the Terrestrial Bow Shock 6 / 5 / 2013
    8th European Workshop on Collisionless Shocks
    June 4-7, 2013
    Paris, France
    Shocklets, SLAMS, and field-aligned ion beams in the terrestrial foreshock 6 / 5 / 2013
    8th European Workshop on Collisionless Shocks
    June 4-7, 2013
    Paris, France
    Observations of Electromagnetic Whistler Precursors at Supercritical Interplanetary Shocks 6 / 7 / 2013
    8th European Workshop on Collisionless Shocks
    June 4-7, 2013
    Paris, France
    Observations of Electromagnetic Whistler Precursors at Supercritical Interplanetary Shocks 9 / 28 / 2012
    Space Physics Seminar
    University of California at Los Angeles
    Observations of Electromagnetic Whistler Precursors at Supercritical Interplanetary Shocks 5 / 1 / 2012
    Space Physics Seminar
    Dartmouth College
    Observations of Electromagnetic Whistler Precursors at Supercritical Interplanetary Shocks 3 / 7 / 2012
    Space Physics Seminar
    University of Minnesota

    The properties of large amplitude whistler mode waves in the magnetosphere:  propagation and relationship with geomagnetic activity

    10 / 21 / 2011

    RBSP Science Working Group Meeting
    Applied Physics Laboratory
    Oct. 20-21, 2011

    Selected Public Outreach

    2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival 4 / 2012 - 4 / 2012
    http://www.usasciencefestival.org I volunteered for half a day to speak to and interact with attendees that stopped by the Heliophysics Division booth.
    3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival 4 / 2014 - 4 / 2014
    http://www.usasciencefestival.org I volunteered for an entire day to speak to and interact with attendees that stopped by the Heliophysics Division booth.
    4th USA Science & Engineering Festival 4 / 2016 - 4 / 2016
    http://www.usasciencefestival.org

    I volunteered for an entire day to speak to and interact with attendees that stopped by the Heliophysics Division booth.

    Science Panel Discussion for the National Space Club Scholars Program and the GSFC High School Internship Program 7 / 2012 - 7 / 2012
     The panel discussed our various pathways from our childhood to NASA and all the obstacles we overcame. The idea is to give the young audience ideas and help for becoming a scientist and potentially working at NASA.
    Science Panel Discussion for the National Space Club Scholars Program and the GSFC High School Internship Program 7 / 2013 - 7 / 2013
     The panel discussed our various pathways from our childhood to NASA and all the obstacles we overcame. The idea is to give the young audience ideas and help for becoming a scientist and potentially working at NASA.
    Transforming the Middle School Science Classroom to Inspire Achievement: A CTY Curricular Collaboration 11 / 2015 - 11 / 2015
    http://cty.jhu.edu/ctycurricularcollab/

    The event was held at the Johns Hopkins Mount Washington Conference Center in Baltimore, MD on Nov. 20 and 21, 2015.  Dr. Wilson was invited to participate as a content expert for the development of a generalized 8th grade course on Forces and Motion accessible to schools with a wide range of financial capacities.

    Lunch with Jr. Academy of Science Students 2 / 2016 - 2 / 2016

    Informal discussion about possible career choices with high school students in the Jr. Academy of Science

    Brief Bio

     I started my work in space plasma physics at Saint John's University [Collegeville, MN] while working on my senior thesis [Advisor:  J. Crumley].  My thesis, titled:  A Theoretical Approach to Analyzing the Size and Shape of Solitary Waves, examined the possible shapes of electrostatic BGK electron phase-space holes assuming a Gaussian potential.  I was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Minnesota and participated in a summer research fellowship prior to the start of term continuing my work on solitary waves.  I worked for C.A. Cattell, J. Crumley's former doctoral advisor.

    I started to officially work for Dr. Cattell after my first year of course work on waveform observations in and around collisionless shock waves.  I was appointed an RA for my second year as a graduate student and won the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, which funded my work from Sep. 2007 through May 2010.  I applied for both the NASA Postdoctoral Program and the Living With a Star Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in early 2010.  I was awarded a fellowship for the later, but was later offered a permanent position as a civil servant at NASA, which I accepted.  I won the Dr. Leonard F. Burlaga/Arctowski Medal Fellowship in the summer of 2010 to fund the rest of my graduate career.

    I defended my dissertation, titled:  The microphysics of collisionless shocks, in Sep. 2010.  Three days later, my fiance and I drove to Maryland from MInnesota to start my new career at NASA.

    I continue to work on wave-particle microphysics and have helped with updating the calibration [in collaboration with Berkeley SSL] of an electrostatic analyzer on the Wind spacecraft.

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Osmane, A., L. B. Wilson, L. Blum, and T. I. Pulkkinen. 2016. "ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MICROBURSTS AND NONLINEAR ELECTRONIC STRUCTURES IN PLANETARY RADIATION BELTS." The Astrophysical Journal 816 (2): 51 [10.3847/0004-637x/816/2/51]

    Wilson, L. B. 2016. "Low Frequency Waves at and Upstream of Collisionless Shocks." Geophysical Monograph Series, In: Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas 216 269-291 [10.1002/9781119055006.ch16]

    Wicks, R. T., R. L. Alexander, M. Stevens, et al. L. B. Iii, P. S. Moya, A. Viñas, L. K. Jian, D. A. Roberts, S. O’Modhrain, J. A. Gilbert, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2016. "A PROTON-CYCLOTRON WAVE STORM GENERATED BY UNSTABLE PROTON DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS IN THE SOLAR WIND." The Astrophysical Journal 819 (1): 6 [10.3847/0004-637x/819/1/6]

    Kempf, Y., D. Pokhotelov, O. Gutynska, et al. L. B. Wilson, B. M. Walsh, S. von Alfthan, O. Hannuksela, D. G. Sibeck, and M. Palmroth. 2015. "Ion distributions in the Earth's foreshock: Hybrid-Vlasov simulation and THEMIS observations." J. Geophys. Res. 120 3684-3701 [10.1002/2014JA020519]

    Tang, X., C. Cattell, R. Lysak, et al. L. B. Wilson, L. Dai, and S. Thaller. 2015. "THEMIS observations of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves and associated ion heating near the Earth’s dayside magnetopause." J. Geophys. Res. 120 3380-3392 [10.1002/2015JA020984]

    Malaspina, D. M., M. Horanyi, A. Zaslavsky, et al. K. Goetz, L. B. Wilson, and K. Kersten. 2014. "Interplanetary and interstellar dust observed by the Wind/WAVES electric field instrument." Geophysical Research Letters 41 (2): 266-272 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2013GL058786]

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    Cattell, C. A., J. Dombeck, A. Preiwisch, et al. S. Thaller, P. Vo, L. B. Wilson, J. R. Wygant, S. B. Mende, H. U. Frey, R. Ilie, and G. Lu. 2011. "Observations of a high-latitude stable electron auroral emission at ~16 MLT during a large substorm." Journal of Geophysical Research 116 7215 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2010JA016132]

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