Space Plasma Physics
Joint Appointment Dept. of Physics
Ph.D. University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Assistant Professor, Space Science Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire. Kai Germaschewski received his Ph.D. in Computational Plasma Physics from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany in 2001. His advisor was Rainer Grauer and his thesis is titled "Pulse propagation in media with anistroptic dispersion". After working one year as a post-doc at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany he joined Amitava Bhattacharjee's Center for Magnetic Reconnection Studies (CMRS) at the University of Iowa in 2002, working on Hall-MHD simulation codes employing Adaptive Mesh Refinement. He moved together with the group to the University of New Hampshire in summer 2003.
His research aims to gain a better understanding of fast reconnection processes in two-fluid systems, applicable to laboratory as well as space plasmas. The focus of his work is on sophisticated, high performance, massively parallel numerical methods, in particular block-structured adaptive mesh refinement to efficiently resolve a large range of spatial scales and implicit Newton-Krylov-Schwarz based methods to overcomestability limitations present in explicit numerical schemes.