Prof. Uzdensky leads the Theoretical Plasma Astrophysics Group at CIPS. His current research focuses on 3 main areas: (1) Dynamics, nonthermal particle acceleration, and radiation signatures of relativistic collisionless magnetic reconnection and turbulence, with applications to pulsar magnetospheres, winds, pulsar wind nebulae; and black-hole accretion disks, coronae, and jets. (2) Plasmoid-dominated regime of magnetic reconnection in large systems and its onset , including in systems with background flow shear, in both classic resistive MHD and collisionless plasmas. (3) Magnetic reconnection in astrophysical radiation-dominated plasma environments, a new frontier pioneered by D. Uzdensky, important for understanding magnetar flares and gamma-ray bursts. He also works on fundamental aspects of magnetic reconnection, on intermittency of energy dissipation in MHD turbulence, and on waves and instabilities in quantum plasmas.
theoretical plasma physics, space physics, solar physics, plasma astrophysics, high-energy astrophysics, magnetohydrodynamics, magnetic reconnection