Elena Kronberg: Where plasma is accelerated: a journey from the Sun to Earth and Jupiter
A central problem in space- and astrophysics is the acceleration and heating of plasma. In the magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets, the kinetic energies of charged particles are boosted by several orders of magnitude. These particles contaminate the observations of space instruments and pose a hazard to astronauts and the electronics of satellites. I will present recent insights about the acceleration of solar wind, ionospheric and volcanic ions to high energies.