ST Solar-Terrestrial Sciences
The 2008 Young Scientist Outstanding Poster Paper (YSOPP) Award is awarded to Gabriel Voitcu for the poster/PICO entitled:
Investigation of anisotropic velocity distribution functions using numerical solutions of the stationary Vlasov equation (Voitcu, G.; Bunescu, C.; Echim, M.M.)
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Gabriel Voitcu is currently a PhD student at the Institute for Space Sciences in Bucharest, Romania. His research activity is focused on kinetic theory and test-particle simulations. He is investigating at present the mechanisms responsible for the formation of anisotropic velocity distribution functions as those observed experimentally in the terrestrial magnetosphere, particularly in the tail, close to the plasma sheet. He studied the velocity distribution functions of electron and proton clouds moving in the magnetic field of a tangential discontinuity and found interesting consequences due to finite Larmor radius effects.