About The Author

Prof. Leon Ofman received his B.Sc. in Physics in 1986 and M.Sc. in Physics in 1988 from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. in Physics in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin. He held National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from 1992 to 1994. Since 1994 Prof. Ofman continued working at NASA GSFC, as a contractor via Hughes and Raytheon corporations, and in 2001 he became a Research Associate Professor at Catholic University of America, Associate Professor (2005-2007), and a university affiliate at NASA GSFC to present. From 2007 Prof. Ofman became Visiting Associate Professor at Tel Aviv University. In 2009 Prof. Ofman became Research Professor at CUA’s Department of Physics and Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS). His main research interests are in solar plasma physics, MHD, waves and instabilities, and kinetic processes related to coronal heating and solar wind acceleration. His main expertise is in numerical modeling of the solar coronal and wind plasma, driven by space based observations. Prof. Ofman has authored and coauthored over 150 publications in solar physics and related fields in refereed journals, and in conference proceeding. Prof. Ofman is the Principal Investigator on NASA and NSF grants supervising postdocs and students that work in solar physics. Prof. Ofman was a member of NASA Science Definition Team for the Solar Probe Plus mission. He is serving as a referee for leading journals in the field, and a reviewer for US and international science funding agencies. Prof. Ofman is a member of the AAS/SPD, AGU, IAU, and COSPAR.

Can Rotating Hot Plasma Jets In The Solar Corona Become Unstable?

Solar jets are small-scale eruptions of hot plasma flowing along vertical or slightly oblique magnetic field lines. They are ubiquitous in the solar atmosphere from the photosphere to the outer corona. Solar jets are always associated with micro-flares that transfer magnetic energy to heat and kinetic energy. The occurrence rate of jets is very high