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Researchers Explain Magnetic Field Misbehavior in Solar Flares: The Culprit Is Turbulence
May 22, 2013
When a solar flare filled with charged particles erupts from the sun, its magnetic fields sometime break a widely accepted rule of physics. The flux-freezing theorem dictates that the magnetic lines of force should flow away in lock-step with the particles, whole and unbroken. Instead, the lines sometimes break apart and quickly reconnect in a way that has mystified astrophysicists.
Johns Hopkins University
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