Selected CV

Philip L. Pritchett,  Ph.D.


Education

A.B., Physics, Oberlin College, 1965

M.S., Physics, Stanford University, 1966

Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University, 1970

 

Research Interests

His current research interests lie in computational plasma physics with application to fundamental problems in magnetospheric physics. In recent years he has done extensive work on the electron-cyclotron maser instability and its application to the Earth’s auroral kilometric radiation, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, collisionless reconnection in the magnetotail and at the dayside magnetopause, the problem of plasma sheet convection, acceleration of charged particles during magnetic reconnection, generalized interchange instabilities, and 3D particle simulations on massively parallel supercomputers.

He has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous NASA and NSF grants in magnetospheric and auroral physics. Since 1986 he has served as the principal investigator on TeraGrid supported computational projects dealing with auroral kilometric radiation and collisionless dissipative processes in the magnetosphere.

 

Editorial Activities

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Selected Publications

Pritchett, P.L., Electron-cyclotron maser instability in relativistic plasmas, Phys. Fluids, 29, 2919, 1986.

Pritchett, P.L., F.V. Coroniti, R. Pellat, and H. Κaramabadi, Collisionless reconnection in two-dimensional magnetotail equilibria, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 11523, 1991.

Pritchett, P.L., F.V. Coroniti, and V.K. Decyk, Three-dimensional stability of thin quasi-neutral current sheets, J. Geophys. Res., 101, 27413, 1996.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.V. Coroniti, Drift ballooning mode in a kinetic model of the near-Earth plasma sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 12289, 1999.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.V. Coroniti, Localized convection flows and field-aligned current generation in a kinetic model of the near-Earth plasma sheet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 161, 2000.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.V. Coroniti, Three-dimensional collisionless magnetic reconnection in the presence of a guide field, J. Geophys. Res., 109, A01220, 2004.

Pritchett, P.L., Externally driven magnetic reconnection in the presence of a normal magnetic field, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A05209, 2005.

Pritchett, P.L., The “Newton Challenge”: Kinetic aspects of forced magnetic reconnection, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A10213, 2005.

Pritchett, P.L., Relativistic electron production during guide field magnetic reconnection, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A10212, 2006.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.V. Coroniti, Plasma sheet response to the ionosphere’s demand for field-aligned current, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L12104, 2007.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.S. Mozer, Asymmetric magnetic reconnection in the presence of a guide field, J. Geophys. Res., 114, A11210, doi:10.1029/2009JA014343, 2009.

Pritchett, P.L., and F.V. Coroniti, A kinetic ballooning/interchange instability in the magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A06301, doi:10.1029/2009JA014752, 2010.

Mozer, F.S., and P.L. Pritchett, Magnetic field reconnection: A first-principles perspective, Physics Today, p. 34, June 2010.