The Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment

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The Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment (SSX) studies fundamental plasma physics phenomena such as magnetic reconnection using rings of plasma called spheromaks. Current experiments measure the energy and angular distribution of particles that are accelerated by magnetic reconnection of two merging spheromaks. Undergraduate students are involved in all aspects of research including designing and conducting the experiments and writing papers. SSX is located in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swarthmore College.

The purple glow of the SSX in action

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Contact information:

Michael Brown (Principal Investigator) Department of Physics and Astronomy Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 19081 email: web: Office: (610) 328-8648 Lab: (610) 690-5778 and 328-8645 Fax: (610) 328-7895

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