Particle acceleration and transport in solar flares
Prominence dynamics, activity, and eruption
Reconstruction of 3D coronal magnetic field
Emergence of sunspot magnetic fields and coronal helicity injection
Astrophysics of the Sun: heating in the solar atmosphere; energy transport processes; time-dependent ionization states; emission line spectroscopy
Plasma physics: electron and ion kinetics; non-equilibrium processes; non-local phenomena; hybrid fluid-kinetic models
Numerical modeling: high-order solvers; shock capturing; adaptive grids
Theory and simulations of radiation belt dynamics
Quasilinear theory and wave-particle interactions
Simulations of substorms and magnetic storms
Coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere models
Subauroral and low-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics
Development of the coupled global SWMF model
Simulations of plasma sheet transport processes
Development of coupled global OpenGGCM-RCM and LFM-RCM codes
Magnetospheric equilibria
Advanced analysis tools
Plasma sheet transport--theory and data analysis
Thin-filament simulations
Links above have complete descriptions of ongoing research programs
Examples of SPA research at Rice: