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Thomas Foster  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Jul 23, 10:00 
Particles orbits near rational flux surfaces in stellarators  

Silvia Trinczek  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Jul 23, 10:45 
Neoclassical transport in stronggradient regions  

Ben Chandran  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Jul 23, 16:15 
MTMs  

Vinicius Duarte  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Jul 23, 10:00 
Formulation of a selfconsistent reduced transport theory for discrete nearthreshold modes  

Romain Meyrand  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Jul 23, 10:45 
Reflectiondriven turbulence beyond the Alfven surface  

Per Helander  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Jul 23, 16:15 
Upper bounds on gyrokinetic instabilities  

Richard Nies  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Jul 23, 10:00 
Radial magnetic drift effects on critical balance and secondary instability  

Palmen Ivanov  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Jul 23, 10:45 
Effects of flow shear in models of ITG and ETG turbulence  

Toby Adkins  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Jul 23, 11:30 
Do we really need the torus? Lessons learned from the humble slab (latest news on q scaling and thermoAlfvenic instability in a GK torus).  

Felix Parra Diaz  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Jul 23, 17:00 
Ideal MHD equilibria around stellarator rational flux surfaces  

Hanne Thienpondt  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Jul 23, 10:00 
Turbulence prevents core particle depletion in stellarators  

Georgia Acton  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Jul 23, 10:45 
TBC  

Ian Abel  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Jul 23, 16:15 
Stability of centrifugal mirrors  

David Hosking  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Jul 23, 10:00 
Metastable MHD atmospheres and their relaxation  

Matthew Kunz  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Jul 23, 10:45 
Week 1 summary  

Alex Velberg  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Jul 23, 10:00 
Resistivekinkinduced turbulence in magnetic flux ropes  

Stephen Majeski  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Jul 23, 10:45 
Wave interactions and turbulence in collisionless, highbeta plasmas  

Bruno Despres  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Jul 23, 16:15 
1) Scattering theory and plasma physics (Linear Landau Damping revisited, others, and extension to non homogeneous case) 2) Design of moment methods for numerical magnetized plasmas (with 3D calculation)  

Philipp Kempski  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Aug 23, 10:00 
Towards a new theory of cosmic ray transport  

Patrick Reichherzer  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Aug 23, 10:45 
Micromirrors mediating multiscale motions in magnetised megastructures  

Martin Lemoine  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Aug 23, 10:45 
Discussion on on particle acceleration in turbulent environments  

Steve Cowley  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Aug 23, 17:00 
Magnetic reconnection from a different perspective  

Tunde Fulop  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Aug 23, 10:00 
Seeding an avalanche: which snowflake is most responsible  

Anatoly Spitkovsky  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Aug 23, 10:45 
1) Recovering phasespace structures in particle simulations 2) Particle diffusion in largeamplitude waves near shocks  

Nuno Loureiro  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Aug 23, 16:15 
Ruminations on reconnection  

Robbie Ewart  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 3. Aug 23, 10:00 
TBA  

Archie Bott  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 3. Aug 23, 10:45 
Firehoseinduced collisionality  

Claude Bardos & Nicolas Besse  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 3. Aug 23, 16:15 
Homogeneous approximations for solutions of the Vlasov equation from quasilinear to BalescuLenard equation  

Francois Rincon & David Hosking  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 4. Aug 23, 10:00 
Summary  

Bérengère Dubrulle  HS11, 2nd floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090 Wien  Tue, 29. Aug 23, 9:35 
“Irreversibility and Singularities in Turbulence"  
In a viscous fluid, the energy dissipation is the signature of the breaking of the timereversal symmetry (hereafter TSB) t>t, u> u, where u is the velocity. This symmetry of the NavierStokes equations is explicitly broken by viscosity. Yet, in the limit of large Reynolds numbers, when flow becomes turbulent, the nondimensional energy dissipation per unit mass becomes independent of the viscosity, meaning that the timereversal symmetry is spontaneously broken. Natural open questions related to such observation are: what is the mechanism of this spontaneous symmetry breaking? Can we associate the resulting time irreversibility to dynamical processes occurring in the flow? Can we devise tools to locally measure this time irreversibility? In this talk, I first show that the TSB is indeed akin to a spontaneous phase transition in the Reversible NavierStokes equations, a modification of the NavierStokes equation suggested by G. Gallavotti to ensure energy conservation and relevance of statistical physics interpretation. I then discuss a mechanism of the TSB in NavierStokes was first suggested by L. Onsager in 1949, in which quasisingularities or singularities create a nonviscous dissipation. I exhibit the tools to track these quasisingularities. I show how the application of these tools to velocity measurements in a turbulent swirling flow allows to detect Eulerian and Lagrangian signatures of irreversibility. This enables me to evidence the structures that are responsible for irreversibility and associate them with peculiar properties of the local velocity field or trajectories.  

Carsten Eden  HS11, 2nd floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090 Wien  Tue, 29. Aug 23, 13:40 
"Eddies, waves and turbulence in the ocean"  
The three principal dynamical regimes of the atmosphere and the ocean are: i) smallscale turbulence down to the smallest space and time scales ii) internal gravity waves over a wide range of spatial scales iii) geostrophically balanced eddying motion at the largest space and time scales. All regimes are of turbulent character and need parameterisations in ocean components of climate models because of the lack of coarse grid resolution. A few aspects of closures for gravity wave turbulence are presented and closures for eddies in the ocean are discussed.  

Dmitrii Mironov  HS11, 2nd floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090 Wien  Tue, 29. Aug 23, 14:25 
Some Possibly Useful Thoughts on Modelling Turbulence in Operational Meteorology  
Turbulence closure models (parameterization schemes) currently used in numerical models of the atmosphere are discussed. The focus is on truncated oneequation turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) closure schemes that are arguably the presentday draft horses of operational meteorology, e.g., numerical weather prediction. Advantages and shortcomings of oneequation TKE schemes are outlined in the context of various operational constraints. A TKE scalar variance (TKESV) closure scheme is considered in some detail. The TKESV scheme carries transport equations (with due regard for the timerateofchange and thirdorder transport terms) for both the TKE and the variances and covariance of scalar quantities (e.g., temperature and humidity) that characterize turbulence potential energy. It is argued that the TKESV scheme has considerable advantages over the TKE scheme in terms of the essential physics but it can still meet severe operational requirements. Careful consideration is given to a number of tricky parameterization issues, including the pressurescrambling effects in the Reynoldsstress and scalarflux equations and the influence of clouds on turbulent mixing. An assumed PDF (probability distribution function) closure approach is briefly outlined. Finally, realizability of turbulence closures is considered within a more general framework of the problem of moments of the probability theory.  

Rupert Klein  HS11, 2nd floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090 Wien  Tue, 29. Aug 23, 15:40 
"Mathematical modelling in geophysical fluid dynamics"  
Three examples from geophysical fluid dynamics will showcase mathematical modelling as the "art of judicious simplification": The computational prediction of two seasonal to decadal phenomona, the "quasibiennial oscillation" (QBO) and the "El Niño Southern Oscillation" (ENSO) became possible only after theoreticians had captured their essential causal structures in convincing reduced mathematical models. With our own research, we aim to similarly untangle the mechanisms behind the "rapid intensification" (RI) of tropical storms during their transition to hurricane strength.  

Friedrich Kupka  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 9:30 
A turbulent context  
In intention of this talk is to show how research on a rather specific topics from stellar astrophysics, the study of atmospheres of Atype stars, has led myself to numerous collaborations with researchers working in other fields such as meteorology, oceanography, numerical mathematics, and high preformance computing. To explain "turbulence" in the context of solar and stellar astrophysics, a short introduction into simulations of solar granulation will be given (much more details will follow in Herbert Muthsam's talk) followed by how turbulent convection is detected and modelled in Atype stars. Various modelling approaches have been used in this context: mixing lenth theory, twopoint closure models, Reynolds stress models, and numerical simulations. The latter lead to the necessity to develop improved time integration methods which have first been probed in studies of semiconvection (diffusive convection). Studies in meteorology inspired new models for higher order moments required for Reynolds stress models. Finally, some result on the modelling of convective overshooting is presented which has been inspired by work that will be discussed in detail in other talks during the workshop (by Felix Ahlborn, Teresa Braun, Petri Käpylä).  

Herbert Muthsam  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 10:10 
From turbulent to laminar: multidimensional simulations of solar granulation and pulsating stars  
We speak about numerical issues and results regarding the simulation of solar granulation flows and the pulsationconvection interaction in Cepheids in 3D and 2D, respectively.  

Gábor Kovács  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 11:20 
Convection and turbulence in classical variable stars: achievements and recent progress  
While all of the stars change their brightness during their lifetimes, there are many among them that do this on a human timescale (from less than a day to years) due to external or internal reasons. We call those stars classical variables, which exhibit a strong, stable radial pulsation with periods from 0.3100 days. In these cases, the outer envelope of the star periodically expands and shrinks due to an effect tied to hydrogen and helium ionisations called the kappa mechanism. They are important to astronomers because their period is proportional to their average brightness, making them perfect distance indicators. Since the first electronic computers became available, astronomers have applied them to model the structure and dynamics of these (and every other) types of stars. The first attempts neglected convection and turbulence, considering only radiative energy transport. However, it soon turned out that we could not adequately describe pulsation without convection. Moreover, the different improved forms of static mixing length theory were also inadequate. Hence, massive research was started to create a timedependent theory that can describe convection correctly in a onedimensional approximation. These efforts revealed some hidden features of the phenomena but could not answer all of the questions raised. Since convection and nonradial pulsation are genuinely multidimensional phenomena, multiD models seem inevitable, but this approach requires high computational performance, which was not available decades ago. Today, though we have better equipment, numerical modelling of turbulent convection in stars is still a great challenge due to the many magnitudes of scale it involves, especially in classical pulsators. In this talk, I highlight some of the achievements of this journey and show the recent developments and future aspects of turbulent RHD modelling in classical pulsating stars.  

Günter Houdek  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 14:00 
Stellar convection and pulsation mode physics  
In this presentation I shall provide an overview of our current understanding of modelling energy exchange between stellar convection and oscillations in stars supporting solartype oscillations. Stellar calculations, adopting a 1D, nonlocal, timedependent convection model, are calibrated against seismic observations and 3Dsimulation results. These stellar models are tested against data from the Sun and from Kepler mainsequence stars. This provides insight into the physical processes that determine energy transport in the outer stellar layers and to a better understanding of the socalled surface effects of pulsation frequencies.  

Felix Ahlborn  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 14:40 
Nonlocal convection models in stellar evolution  
Observations of stars with convectively burning cores have shown that the size of these cores is substantially underestimated. The increase of the convective core size, known as overshooting, has profound effects on the stellar structure and evolution, e.g. affecting age estimates, luminosities or nucleosynthetic yields of stars. Here, we applied a turbulent convection theory to model the evolution of intermediate and highmass stars. We predict the emergence of an overshooting zone and modifications to the thermal stratification. The application of a turbulent convection theory is a crucial step towards a more realistic description of convection in stellar models. The predictions of the turbulent convection model may be tested against a variety of different observations, e.g. spectroscopic observations of massive stars, asteroseismic observations or observations of detached binary systems. Finally, the predictions of the turbulent convection model can be compared to hydrodynamic simulations of turbulent convection.  

Teresa Braun  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 30. Aug 23, 15:50 
Applying the Kuhfuss Convection Theory to Convective Envelopes  
In 1D stellar evolution models, the process of convection is often described using the mixing length theory (MLT). However, MLT does not account for the nonlocality of convection, and an ad hoc implementation of overshooting is needed. The Kuhfuss theory is one of the theories that attempts to derive a more complete picture of turbulent convection. In this theory, nonlocality is not implemented artificially, but is included in the theory. Both versions of the Kuhfuss theory, the 1equation model as well as the 3equation model, are implemented in the stellar evolution code GARSTEC and have already been tested on convective cores on the main sequence before (Ahlborn et al. 2022). Following these promising results for convection in stellar cores, we tested the Kuhfuss theory for convective envelopes. We applied the 1equation model of the Kuhfuss convection theory to a stellar model calibrated to the Sun. Using helioseismic measurements of quantities of the convective envelope and interior structure, we quantified the differences and improvements from the Kuhfuss theory compared to MLT. We furthermore followed the evolution of stars to the red giant branch to study the influence of the Kuhfuss theory on the location of the red giant branch bump, which is known to be sensitive to the description and depth of convective overshooting. In the future, these cases will also be studied using the full 3equation Kuhfuss model.  

Petri Käpylä  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 31. Aug 23, 9:30 
Convective scale, overshooting, and subadiabatic layers in deep stellar convection zones  Insights from 3D LES  
The overall understanding of solar and stellar convection has been questioned during the last decade or so with helioseismic results suggesting that the convective amplitudes at large horizontal scales in the Sun might be much lower than indicated by current simulations or mixing length estimates. A manifestation of this ``convective conundrum'' is that global simulations struggle to reproduce a solarlike differential rotation with a fast equator and slow poles with nominally solar parameters. A major contributor to this is that giant cell convection, with characteristic length scale comparable to the depth of the convection zone, is excited in simulations but appears to be much weaker in the Sun. A possible solution to this conundrum is that a large fraction of the solar convection zone is in fact stably stratified due to plumes originating near the surface and piercing the whole convection zone, such that giant cells are not excited. Nonrotating numerical simulations lend support to such nonlocal scenario of convection and lead to sizeable Schwarzschildstable, yet convecting, layers in deep convection zones. Another possibility is that convection is rotationally constrained such that horizontal extent of convection cells is significantly reduced. New results from hydrodynamic rotating Cartesian convection simulations are presented that seek to capture the rotationally constrained convection near the base of the solar convection zone. The current results indicate that in models corresponding to the deep parts of the solar convection zone, the subadiabatic and overshoot layers are somewhat shallower than in the nonrotating case. Furthermore, these simulations suggest that deep convection in the Sun is not strongly rotationally constrained and that rotational suppression of large scale flows is weak.  

Damian Fabbian  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 31. Aug 23, 10:10 
Stellar Atmospheres & Activity  
The atmospheres of most stars have at least some level of magnetic activity. This is modulated by variability, which manifests itself as varying magnetic strength across the stellar surface and in time as well as in the form of different magnetic behaviour of different stars. This is moreover intertwined with all the other physical effects occurring in the atmospheres of stars, in particular convection, radiative transfer and turbulence. In the case of the Sun, magnetic fields are known to be ubiquitous, at an average level of roughly 1 hG across its surface, which  inter alia  has an impact on its inferred temperature stratification and chemical abundance. It is especially interesting to understand solar magnetism, for example its main magnetic cycle, also in comparison to other stars, given the Sun's driving influence on life on Earth and as the base energy input for terrestrial climate. Knowledge of stellar activity is also crucial for improved exoplanet detection and characterisation. Our team is focussing on different aspects of stellar atmosphere physics, from the viewpoint of numerical (magneto)hydrodynamic simulations. Recent examples include the production of models for stars of spectral type F to A, and the study of hard turbulence as possible driver of synchronised swaying atmospheric motions akin to the still unexplained effect of solar supergranulation.  

Vittorio Canuto  HS11, 2nd floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090 Wien  Thu, 31. Aug 23, 15:00 
My Life as a Scientist: 50+ Years at NASAGISS  
I take the audience on a scientific journey from the physics of neutron stars to cosmology and further on to turbulence and its role for oceaongraphy and climate modeling. Scientific highlights on this journey include an exact equation of state for neutron stars, results on cosmology, and a general turbulence model which has guided the modeling of transport processes in oceanography which is needed in climatology. From short encounters to longterm collaborations famous physicists are part of this story, including P.A.M. Dirac, W. Heisenberg, I. Rabi, J.A. Wheeler and many others.  

Peter Korn  SkyLounge, 12th floor, OskarMorgensternPlatz 1, 1090  Fri, 3. Nov 23, 10:45 
PDE dynamics in numerical ultrahighresolution climate modelling  
We discuss some aspects of the effort to produce a "digital twin" of the earth climate. The status of ultrahighresolution numerical climate modelling and recent computational achievements are discussed. Mathematical challenges and opportunities arise when numerical models aim to represent an increasing number of turbulent scales. These challenges comprise the PDE of atmosphere and ocean dynamics, their numerical discretization and the modelling of (still) unresolved scales. This is part of the research of the DFG Forschungsgruppe FOR 5528: Mathematical Study of Geophysical Flow Models: Analysis and Computation.  

Inmaculada Higueras (Public Univ. of Navarra)  WPI Seminar Room, 8th floor, Fak.Math. OMP1  Tue, 16. Jan 24, 13:45 
IMplictiEXplicit time stepping methods for some problems in astrophysics  
We consider equations of motion associated to a model in astrophysics. The PDE are firstly semidiscretized in space and subsequently integrated in time by IMplicitEXplicit (IMEX) RungeKutta methods constructed to preserve different stability properties. For some simple examples, as well as for the problem of doublediffusive convection, it can be demonstrated that they provide a significant computational advantage over other methods from the literature. Ongoing work continues with the study of implementation issues as well as with the study and construction of robust IMEX schemes for some other problems in astrophysics. This is joint work with O. Koch and F. Kupka.  

Yu Zhang (MMM Univ. Wien and Macau Univ. Science & Technology)  WPI Seminar Room, 8th floor, Fak.Math. OMP1  Tue, 16. Jan 24, 14:30 
Numerical Methods for Hydrodynamic Simulations and Linear Stability Analysis  
In this presentation, three projects are sketched: 1) FPlane Approximation for Solar Simulation: We introduced the fplane approximation into the ANTARES code and ran 3D solar simulation with and without rotation, attempting to analyze how much influence rotation would have on the convection structures. 2) Linear Stability Analysis of an Incompressible Fluid with Vertical Shear in Fplane: Shear instability and GSF instability are two possible sources of extra mixing in stars to explain the differences between theoretical stellar evolution models and observations. We consider an incompressible fluid with vertical shear in fplane and try to find out what really happens when shear instabilities coexist with GSF instabilities. 3) The Stability Analysis of Polar Cyclones on Saturn and Jupiter: The longlived cyclones in the polar regions of Jupiter and Saturn have been explored for a long time. We aim to explain the number and location of Jupiter’s circumpolar cyclones and the absence of those on Saturn by linear stability analysis. This is ongoing joint work with O. Koch, F. Kupka and N.J. Mauser.  

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