Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics & Astronomy
217 Sharp Lab
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
e-mail: shay "at" udel "dot" eduphone: (302) 831 - 2677
fax: (302) 831 - 1637
Michael Shay studies plasma physics using analytical theory and massively parallel computer simulations. His work is applicable to a diverse set of phenomena: solar flares and coronal mass ejections on the sun, the Earth's magnetosphere and space weather, star formation in astrophysical molecular clouds and accretion disks, and controlled fusion devices such as the tokamak. His research focuses on multiscale phenomena in which short scales (length and time) are intrinsically linked to long scales, making them extremely difficult to simulate using conventional brute force methods. He has extensively studied one multiscale process called magnetic reconnection, in which large amounts of magnetic energy is explosively released in the form energetic particle acceleration, heating, and plasma flows. He is also studying novel simulation techniques which may provide a means to directly simulate multiscale phenomena.