A laboratory plasma experiment for studying magnetic dynamics of accretion discs and jets

  title={A laboratory plasma experiment for studying magnetic dynamics of accretion discs and jets},
  author={Scott C. Hsu and Paul M. Bellan},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • S. Hsu, P. Bellan
  • Published 20 February 2002
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
This work describes a laboratory plasma experiment and initial results which should give insight into the magnetic dynamics of accretion discs and jets. A high-speed multiple-frame CCD camera reveals images of the formation and helical instability of a collimated plasma, similar to MHD models of disc jets, and also plasma detachment associated with spheromak formation, which may have relevance to disc winds and flares. The plasmas are produced by a planar magnetized coaxial gun. The resulting… 

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