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Dr. Igor Sokolov published in Nature Physics

Posted: September 21, 2012

Dr. Igor Sokolov published in Nature Physics

Nature Physics published Dr. Sokolov’s paper, titled “Explaining fast ejections of plasma and exotic x-ray emission from the solar corona.”

The paper provides an explanation of the origin of fast ejections of magnetized plasma from the Sun’s atmosphere and associated X-ray emission.

Coronal Mass Ejections on the Sun are the most energetic events in the solar system.  These events are fundamentally important for space science because they are the main drivers of space weather near the Earth.

The paper presents a computer simulation that captures the fundamental connection between the emergence of magnetic flux into the solar atmosphere and the formation of solar eruptions.

One of the highlights is that, for the first time, the simulation results reveal the existence of two magnetic flux ropes in the corona as the result of ongoing flux emergence.

To learn more about the paper, please visit Nature.com or read the Press Release.

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