Alexander J Klimas

Alexander J Klimas

  • SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.3682
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 673
  • GREENBELT , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Klimas began his professional career in 1966 studying the theory of cosmic ray transport in turbulent magnetic fields. In the early 80’s, his attention was drawn to the theory and simulation of electrostatic plasma phenomena. He studied the electron plasma phenomena of Earth’s foreshock and the fundamentally nonlinear BGK type solitary wave modes associated with the late evolution of beams in collisionless plasmas. Later, Dr. Klimas turned to the methods of nonlinear dynamics to understand the response of Earth’s magnetosphere to varying conditions in the solar wind. This work evolved into studies of the non-equilibrium critical state of Earth’s magnetotail and its relation to the system dynamics of turbulent reconnection in the tail. Recently, Dr. Klimas has embarked on simulation studies of collisionless magnetic reconnection and the stability of thin driven current sheets. Dr. Klimas has been a principal investigator in the ISEE Guest Inves-tigator program, the NASA Space Physics Supporting Research and Technology Program, the Sun-Earth Connection Guest Investigator program, and the Goddard Space Flight Center Direc-tor's Discretionary Fund program. He is the recipient of the NASA Special Service Award.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Klimas began his professional career in 1966 studying the theory of cosmic ray transport in turbulent magnetic fields. In the early 80’s, his attention was drawn to the theory and simulation of electrostatic plasma phenomena. He studied the electron plasma phenomena of Earth’s foreshock and the fundamentally nonlinear BGK type solitary wave modes associated with the late evolution of beams in collisionless plasmas. Later, Dr. Klimas turned to the methods of nonlinear dynamics to understand the response of Earth’s magnetosphere to varying conditions in the solar wind. This work evolved into studies of the non-equilibrium critical state of Earth’s magnetotail and its relation to the system dynamics of turbulent reconnection in the tail. Recently, Dr. Klimas has embarked on simulation studies of collisionless magnetic reconnection and the stability of thin driven current sheets. Dr. Klimas has been a principal investigator in the ISEE Guest Inves-tigator program, the NASA Space Physics Supporting Research and Technology Program, the Sun-Earth Connection Guest Investigator program, and the Goddard Space Flight Center Direc-tor's Discretionary Fund program. He is the recipient of the NASA Special Service Award.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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