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Martin Goldman - Professor

Martin Goldman  Professor
Fellow PhD Harvard University Gamow Tower - Room: F813 Email Address Phone: (303) 492-8896


My research has centered on magnetic reconnection in space and laboratory plasmas, with emphasis on particle distributions, inabilities and the role and nature of nonlinear electron phase space holes during both reconnection and during auroral electron acceleration. In June of 2009, I received (as sole PI) a $3.3M 10-year grant from NASA on magnetic reconnection theory in support of NASA's highest priority space mission, the MMS satellite, which launched on March 12, 2015. My responsibility for this mission is to perform and coordinate research with my team of Physics Department and LASP researchers, students, postdocs and consultants. We contribute to the design of instruments and spacecraft software by developing theoretical and computational models of the physics of reconnection in the magnetosphere. I work closely with NASA, going to Washington a number of times each semester to coordinate with administrators, engineers and other scientists


Microphysics in Astrophysical Plasmas, S.J. Schwartz, E. Zweibel and M. V. Goldman, In press, Space Science Reviews (2013)

Formation of a Transient Front Structure Near the Reconnection Point in 3D PIC simulations A. E. Vapirev, G. Lapenta, A. Divin, S. Markidis, P. Henri, M. Goldman and D. Newman, In press, Journal of Geophysics Res.(2013)

Numerical simulations of separatrix instabilities in collisionless magnetic reconnection, Divin, A.; Lapenta, G.; Markidis, S.; Newman, D.L.; Goldman, M. V. Physics of Plasmas, 19, 4, pp. 042110-042110-13 DOI: 10.1063/1.3698621,(2012)

Collisionless magnetic reconnection in a plasmoid chain, Markidis, S.; Henri, P.; Lapenta, G.; Divin, A.; Goldman, M. V.; Newman, D.; Eriksson, S., Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 19, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 145-153 DOI: 10.5194/npg-19-145 (2012)

Three dimensional density cavities in guide field collisionless magnetic reconnection, Markidis, S.; Lapenta, G.; Divin, A.; Goldman, M.; Newman, D.; Andersson, L. Physics of Plasmas, 19, Issue 3, pp. 032119-032119-8 DOI:10.1063/1.3697976, (2012)

Bipolar electric field signatures of reconnection separatrices for a hydrogen plasma a realistic guide fields, G. Lapenta, S. Markidis, A. Divin, M. V. Goldman, D.L. Newman, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L17104, doi:10.1029/2011 GL048572,(2011)