Resonant mode coupling theory: Fifty years of progress in space plasma physics



Workshop on Physical Processes in Non-Uniform Finite Magnetospheric Systems: Fifty Years of Tamao's Resonant Mode Coupling Theory; Fukuoka, Japan, 12–15 September 2011 Three basic physical processes are important to space plasma physics studies: magnetic reconnection, collisionless shock waves, and field line resonances. Magnetic reconnection is a universal process whereby magnetic energy is converted into kinetic energy as the magnetic topology is rearranged. The idea of collisonless shock waves in highly conducting plasmas opened up a whole new field of physics on the interaction between charged particles and plasma waves.