WIRX - Dr. Craig
The Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment (WIRX) is a new plasma physics experiment which aims to study magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is a mechanism for converting energy stored in magnetic fields to thermal or kinetic energy. It occurs in plasmas (hot ionized gases) and is important in the solar conoar, the earth's magnetosphere, and in magnetic confinement devices developed to harness the power of controlled thermonuclear fusion. Construction of the WIRX experiment began this summer and is about halfway completed thanks to the efforts of Physics majors Jim Schroeder and Ryan Stegink.