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 ======Dr Pin "​Penny"​ Wu====== ======Dr Pin "​Penny"​ Wu======
-I am a Daphne Jackson Fellow funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). ​+I am a Daphne Jackson Fellow funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP). 
  
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-I continued to work on theoretical and computational plasma physics during my time as a postdoc (mentors: Professor Michael Shay and Professor William H. Matthaeus) and subsequently a research scientist at the Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware (Udel). My focus during my postdoc period (2010-2012) was **magnetic reconnection**. We demonstrated that low inflow density, common in the geospace magnetotail,​ leads to violent reconnection with faster rates and a series of drastic changes in the reconnection diffusion region [Wu et al., Phys. Plasmas, 2011 {{ :​users:​wu2012grl.pdf| }}]. We further investigated kinetic ion heating by specular reflections at the dipolarization front in the reconnection exhaust [Wu and Shay, GRL, 2012 {{ :​users:​wu2012grl.pdf | }}]. As a research scientist (2012-2014),​ I was fascinated by **plasma turbulence**,​ exploring its universality (von Karmen similarity decay) [Wu et al. PRL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013prl.pdf | }}], its intermittency as manifested in the formation of dissipative current sheets and reconnection sites [Wu et al. APJL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013apjl.pdf | }}], and its effect on ion-electron heating [Wu et al., PRL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013prl.pdf | }}, Matthaeus et al. APJL, 2016 {{ :​users:​matthaeus2016apjl.pdf | }}]. A state-of-art massively parallel electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulation I performed have been posted by colleagues on [[http://​www.physics.udel.edu/​~whm/​UD-plasma-sims.html#​|Udel'​s website]] (also available on [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=DAtLhKrF37o&​feature=youtu.be/​UD-plasma-sims.html#​|youtube]]). Our research was funded by several NASA and National Science Foundation (NSF) programs as well as the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and the incoming [[https://​www.nasa.gov/​content/​goddard/​parker-solar-probe|Parker Solar Probe]] (PSP) mission (**launch window this summer ​31/07/​2018-19/​08/​2018!**). To be the first spacecraft to travel to our star the Sun's h**O**t (~10<​sup>​6</​sup>​degree) Corona, PSP will be breathtaking. Quite the opposite of "//The Furthest//",​ would this mission be a topic of a future documentary "//The closest//"​ (to a star) or "//The hottest//"?​ 8-)  ​+I continued to work on theoretical and computational plasma physics during my time as a postdoc (mentors: Professor Michael Shay and Professor William H. Matthaeus) and subsequently a research scientist at the Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware (Udel). My focus during my postdoc period (2010-2012) was **magnetic reconnection**. We demonstrated that low inflow density, common in the geospace magnetotail,​ leads to violent reconnection with faster rates and a series of drastic changes in the reconnection diffusion region [Wu et al., Phys. Plasmas, 2011 {{ :​users:​wu2012grl.pdf| }}]. We further investigated kinetic ion heating by specular reflections at the dipolarization front in the reconnection exhaust [Wu and Shay, GRL, 2012 {{ :​users:​wu2012grl.pdf | }}]. As a research scientist (2012-2014),​ I was fascinated by **plasma turbulence**,​ exploring its universality (von Karmen similarity decay) [Wu et al. PRL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013prl.pdf | }}], its intermittency as manifested in the formation of dissipative current sheets and reconnection sites [Wu et al. APJL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013apjl.pdf | }}], and its effect on ion-electron heating [Wu et al., PRL, 2013 {{ :​users:​wu2013prl.pdf | }}, Matthaeus et al. APJL, 2016 {{ :​users:​matthaeus2016apjl.pdf | }}]. A state-of-art massively parallel electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulation I performed have been posted by colleagues on [[http://​www.physics.udel.edu/​~whm/​UD-plasma-sims.html#​|Udel'​s website]] (also available on [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=DAtLhKrF37o&​feature=youtu.be/​UD-plasma-sims.html#​|youtube]]). Our research was funded by several NASA and National Science Foundation (NSF) programs as well as the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and the incoming [[https://​www.nasa.gov/​content/​goddard/​parker-solar-probe|Parker Solar Probe]] (PSP) mission (**launch window this summer ​04/08/​2018-19/​08/​2018!**). To be the first spacecraft to travel to our star the Sun's h**O**t (~10<​sup>​6</​sup>​degree) Corona, PSP will be breathtaking. Quite the opposite of "//The Furthest//",​ would this mission be a topic of a future documentary "//The closest//"​ (to a star) or "//The hottest//"?​ 8-)  ​
  
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