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Murchison Widefield Array - 3D movies of plasma tubes in the Earths's magnetosphere

3 Jun 2015, 14:38 UTC
Murchison Widefield Array - 3D movies of plasma tubes in the Earths's magnetosphere
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I refer to Loi et al. 2015:http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.06470http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/bib_query?arXiv:1504.06470http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-ref_query?bibcode=2015arXiv150406470L&refs=REFERENCES&db_key=PRE          32 Referenceshttp://caastro.org/http://caastro.org/news/2015-tubeshttps://youtu.be/ymZEOihlIdUhttp://herrero-radio-astronomy.blogspot.com/search/label/Murchison%20Wide%20Field%20ArrayAbstract: "Ionization of the Earth's atmosphere by sunlight forms a complex, multi-layered plasma environment within the Earth's magnetosphere, the innermost layers being the ionosphere and plasmasphere. The plasmasphere is believed to be embedded with cylindrical density structures (ducts) aligned along the Earth's magnetic field, but direct evidence for these remains scarce. Here we report the first direct wide-angle observation of an extensive array of field-aligned ducts bridging the upper ionosphere and inner plasmasphere, using a novel ground-based imaging technique. We establish their heights and motions by feature-tracking and parallax analysis. The structures are strikingly organized, appearing as regularly-spaced, alternating tubes of overdensities and underdensities strongly aligned with the Earth's magnetic field. These findings represent the first direct visual evidence for the existence of such structures."CAASTRO Press release: real-time, 3D movies of plasma tubeshttp://caastro.org/news/2015-tubes"...By creatively using a radio telescope to see in 3D, astronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth. For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are really there," said ...

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