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Contemporary physical challenges for Heliospheric and AstRophysical Models (CHARM)

Research project P7/08 (Research action P7)


Persons :

  • Dr.  KEPPENS Rony - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
    Coordinator of the project
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  PIERRARD Viviane - Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  BERGHMANS David - Royal Observatory of Belgium ()
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  BAES Maarten - Universiteit Gent (RUG)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  KNAEPEN Bernard - Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  THEUNS Tom - Durham University (DUR)
    Financed foreign partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017
  • Dr.  PORTEGIES ZWART Simon - Universiteit Leiden (UN-LU)
    Financed foreign partner
    Duration: 1/10/2012-30/9/2017

Description :

Lucius Seneca (born in 4 BC) once said `Illud praecipue impedit, quod cito nobis placemus.’: Our biggest handicap is to be self-satisfied, too quickly. In more than one way, this novel network initiative takes these wise words as guideline to formulate an interdisciplinary research effort transcending the individual partner expertises. Five Belgian research teams, strengthened by two renowned international partners, join forces to investigate Contemporary physical challenges in Heliospheric and AstRophysical Models. The CHARMing aspect of our network, is that we started from recognizing the various team weaknesses, to find colleague teams that fill these gaps. The coordinating KU Leuven team, e.g., has traditionally been less focused on observation and instrument aspects, and can improve its radiative transfer knowhow. The latter is key in the UGent team, which has had less focus on true plasma physical processes to date. Our unified effort has identified common grounds across our disciplines that vary from solar, magnetospheric and heliospheric, to galactic or cosmologically driven curiosities. These common grounds are found in the high performance computing approaches, in the challenges we face to confront models with observations, and in the most enigmatic aspects of the physical processes at work. The latter include a network-wide research theme on turbulence and particle acceleration aspects, found in magnetospheric, solar wind, molecular clouds and intergalactic scenarios alike. At the same time, we set forth to cross-fertilize astrophysical models focusing on vastly different scales, through improved treatments of the radiative-dynamical feedback loop. Another challenge joins our most pressing questions in space plasmas, where the presence of charged constituents requires to recognize fully the interplay between global magnetohydrodynamic and phase-space based kinetic physics. Direct intercomparisons as well as novel coupling strategies must lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of reconnection events, at play in solar atmospheric, interplanetary to Earth’s near space environment. Our network will make use of the latest opportunities brought about by the unique armada of space instruments monitoring our Sun and the heliosphere. It will likewise hook into state-of-the-art international consortium efforts to unravel galaxy evolution questions, that are on the horizon thanks to simulation and software engineering efforts like the EAGLE cosmological hydro challenge or the AMUSE code coupling framework. This new consortium of seven partner teams also provides an excellent opportunity for training a new generation of researchers, and besides identifying joint PhDs with dual supervision, we commit to organizing training activities, open to the network and international (post)graduate students. Our composition and geographical proximity, combined with our joint physics-driven curiosity, guarantees frequent interactions. Our network includes in two of our seven network nodes, young emerging teams from newly appointed tenure track researchers. They augment and all teams contribute to the CHARM of our network.


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