Hamilton Public Lecture presented by Professor Sean Oughton

Date Tuesday 1 December 2020
Time 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Where Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Knighton Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton
Presenter Professor Sean Oughton
Contact University of Waikato
Contact email
Series Hamilton Public Lectures 2020
Admission Cost Free


'Turbulence in the Solar Wind' 

In this Public Lecture, physicist Professor Sean Oughton will talk about turbulence in outer space, and in particular solar wind turbulence.

The solar wind is a stream of ionized particles, primarily electrons and protons, that races outwards from the sun through the solar system. It is fast – moving at speeds as high as 900 kilometres per second – so it would take only a few seconds to travel the length of the North Island.

Professor Oughton will set the scene by explaining what the solar wind is, how it interacts with the earth and why turbulence is a key part of the associated ‘weather’ in space. Following that, he will outline how his research makes use of maths and computer simulations to develop models of the solar wind, which he compares with spacecraft data.

Currently a Professor of Mathematics and the author of more than 100 publications focusing on hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence, Dr Oughton’s primary research interests centre on understanding turbulent flows. He is particularly enthusiastic about the potential outcomes his work will have on improving our understanding of turbulence and its role in the solar wind.

This 35-minute public lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.45pm. Complimentary drinks and nibbles served from 5.15pm. Free parking is available on campus via Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.

Please register your attendance by clicking on the 'register' link above and bring your eticket with you on the evening.