Principal Investigator: Giovanni Lapenta , KU Leuven (Belgium)

HPC Platform used: SuperMUC of LRZ

Local Project ID: pr87di

The process of magnetic reconnection — when magnetic fields in plasma reconfigure and explosively release thermal and kinetic energy — is only just beginning to be understood. Professor Giovanni Lapenta has been carrying out simulations on SuperMUC of how these events can cause chain reactions that very quickly fill vast volumes of space. This data is now being verified with the recent NASA Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission that is measuring magnetic reconnection events around the Earth.