Drake, James F.

Drake, James F.

  • Professor, UMD, Physics
  • 3311 A. V. Williams Building
  • 301.405.1471
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    Prof. Drake works on theoretical description of the dynamics of high-temperature plasma with applications to fusion and space and astrophysical systems. His focus in recent years has been on magnetic reconnection and associated particle acceleration.

    Research Projects

    • The magnetic structure of the outer heliosphere and the production of anomalous cosmic rays
    • The mechanisms for breaking magnetic field lines and the scaling of collisionless reconnection
    • Particle acceleration in impulsive flares

    Notable Publications

    • J. F. Drake, M. Opher, M. Swisdak and J. N. Chamoun, A reconnection mechanism for the generation of anomalous cosmic rays, ApJ 709, 963, 2010.
    • J. F. Drake, H. Che, M. A. Shay and M. Swisdak, Electron acceleration from contracting magnetic islands during reconnection, Nature 443, 553, 2006.
    • P. Cassak, M. A. Shay and J. F. Drake, A catastrophe model for the onset of fast magnetic reconnection, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 235002, 2005 (A Physical Review Focus article was written on this paper).
    • M. A. Shay, J. F. Drake, B. N. Rogers and R. E. Denton, The scaling of collisionless magnetic reconnection for large systems, Geophys. Res. Lett. 26, 2163 (1999).
    • M. E. Mandt, R. E. Denton and J. F. Drake, Transition to Whistler Mediated Magnetic Reconnection, Geophys. Res. Lett. 21, 73 (1994).