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Laboratory experiments of magnetospheric interest
KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
1974 (English)In: Space Science Reviews, ISSN 00386308, Vol. 15, 803-825 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Space-related laboratory experiments can play an important role as a complement to observations and active experiments in the magnetosphere. Excluding laboratory experiments for mere developing or testing of techniques for space experiments, we may distinguish between two major types: (1) partial scale model experiments and (2) experiments for clarifying basic plasma physical processes known or expected to be important in the magnetosphere (but without the ambition to simulate actual space configurations). The limitations and potentialities of both types are discussed and examples of experiments are given. It is concluded that there should be an increasing need for the experiments of the second type. In particular, they are needed for the clarification of the response of a thin plasma to electric fields and its ability to carry electric currents. This encompasses such key questions as the nature and role of ’anomalous’ resistivity (and electron runaway in its presence), the possible formation of double layers (and the acceleration processes associated with them) and rapid dissipation of magnetic-field energy. © 1974 D. Reidel Publishing Company.

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1974. Vol. 15, 803-825 p.
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92961DOI: 10.1007/BF00241062OAI: diva2:514284
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