Slava Merkin

Viacheslav (Slava) Merkin is a physicist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab, working with magnetohydrodynamic simulations and analysis of processes in the magnetosphere and the solar wind.

Dr. Merkin has ~20 years of experience in numerical modeling of space plasmas, in particular, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the Earth’s magnetosphere and inner heliosphere. He has been deeply involved in the development of the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry (LFM) MHD model of the global magnetosphere, its regional magnetotail (LFMBOX) and heliospheric adaptations (LFM-helio) of which he was the primary author. More recently, he has initiated and lead the project devoted to the full redevelopment of LFM code, now named Gamera. Dr. Merkin is an expert in the physics of the magnetosphere-ionosphere (MI) coupling, with the focus on its treatment in global simulations. He is the author of the MI coupling modules within the LFM, and now Gamera, codes. Dr. Merkin’s work on the development of space plasma simulation codes, and coupling between different physical regions and regimes, has spanned the domains from Earth’s ionosphere, to the magnetosphere and solar wind. He has contributed to many areas of space plasma research, including the physics of the strongly driven magnetosphere, magnetopause boundary instabilities, magnetotail stability and reconnection, particle acceleration, and heliospheric magnetic structure among others.

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