Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Rachael Filwett, Department of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Iowa

Jan 25, 2022

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Van Allen Hall, 301

30 North Dubuque Street, North Liberty, IA 52317

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Dr. Rachael Filwett

Energetic Ions, from the Sun to the Earth, and Everywhere in Between

Dr. Rachael Filwett, Department of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Iowa

Energetic particles are a major space weather threat and can cause damage to space-based assets. The story of how energetic particles get from the Sun, to inside Earth’s magnetic field can be complicated. In this talk I’ll discuss how to understand energetic ions it is crucial to understand their origin story. I’ll explain where these particles come from, how they get where they are going, and once they get to Earth, how they interact with our magnetic field. Final I’ll talk about what is next in detecting these particles.


Rachael Filwett is currently a postdoctoral research scholar here at the University of Iowa, and has been since July 2018. She got her B.S. in Physics and East Asian Studies from Valparaiso University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in partnership with the Southwest Research Institute. In 2020 she was awarded a National Science Foundation Atmosphere and Geospace Section Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to support her work till the end of 2022. Rachael was also awarded the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Research Scholar Excellence Award in 2021.

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