Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca professor involved in scientific discovery

Professor Matthew M. Huddleston, Assistant Professor of Physics at Trevecca, was part of a research team that identified a new region of the magnetosphere.

A detailed analysis of the measurements of five different satellites has revealed the existence of the warm plasma cloak, a new region of the magnetosphere, which is the invisible shield of magnetic fields and electrically charged particles that surround and protect Earth from the onslaught of the solar wind, according to a press release issued by EurekAlert.

Huddleston was part of a team headed by Charles "Rick" Chappell, research professor of physics and director of the Dyer Observatory at Vanderbilt University.

Other scientists working on the project included representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and from the Observatoire de Saint-Maur in France. Each used satellite observations to measure the properties of the ions in different locations in the magnetosphere.

To read more, visit the links below.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081212141849.htm
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/exploration/stories/magnetosphere.html