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Student Patrick Tracy earns AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

Posted: February 1, 2016

Student Patrick Tracy earns AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

Doctoral Student Patrick Tracy earned an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2015 Fall Meeting.

Tracy’s paper is titled, “Relative Heating of Heavy Ions Observed at 1 AU with ACE/SWICS.”

The abstract states: “Heavy ions (Z>4) observed near 1 AU, especially in fast solar wind, tend to have thermal speeds that are approximately equal, indicative of a mass proportional temperature. The fact that these heavy ions have similar thermal speeds implies that they have very different temperatures, and furthermore, that they are far from thermal equilibrium. By comparing the observed heavy ion temperatures amongst species with different mass and charge values we can critically evaluate heating theories for the solar wind.”

This is Tracy’s second OSPA. Professor Thomas Zurbuchen advises Tracy.

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