In the 20th century humankind began to influence the magnetic field in space surrounding the Earth. Sources of this influence include high altitude chemical releases, high-frequency ionospheric heating experiments, and nuclear tests. The results of this influence have, at times, been unexpected. This talk will discuss these influences and the consequences of this man-made space weather. In at least one case man-made space weather poses a catastrophic threat to modern civilization.
Prof. Swesty received his PhD in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook in 1993. He spent six years at the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral researcher and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He returned to Stony Brook in 1999 where he is currently a Research Associate Professor. His work focuses on nuclear astrophysics and computational astrophysics.