Latest Astrophysical plasma Stories
Scientists from the Heidelberg Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in cooperation with DESY (Hamburg) at the synchrotron PETRA III have investigated for the first time X-ray absorption of highly charged iron ions.
Scientists are paving the way for future X-ray astrophysics research by explaining why observations from orbiting X-ray telescopes do not match theoretical predictions.
Magnetic turbulence is most likely the reason that solar wind moving away from our sun and our solar system is hotter than it theoretically should be, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick.
The first controlled studies of extremely hot, dense matter have overthrown the widely accepted 50-year old model used to explain how ions influence each other's behavior in a dense plasma.
Why the temperatures in the solar wind are almost the same in certain directions, and why different energy densities are practically identical, was until now not clear.
Physicists working in space plasmas have made clever use of the Ulysses spacecraft and the solar minimum to create a massive virtual lab bench to provide a unique test for the science underlying turbulent flows.
Magnetized plasmas occupy a large fraction of our cosmic universe; they exist on our sun, in the earthâ€™s magnetosphere, and in astrophysical plasmas.
Researchers at the University of Warwick have found what could be the signal of ideal wave â€œsurfingâ€ conditions for individual particles within the massive turbulent ocean of the solar wind.
A plasma â€“ or ionized gas â€“ can be as commonplace as in fluorescent light bulbs, or exotic in the extreme, as a thermonuclear explosion. The Earth's upper atmosphere is a plasma, as are lightning bolts and virtually all stars that light up the night sky.
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