Optimal Energy Growth In Plasma Instabilities
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David MacTaggart is a researcher affiliated with the University of Glasgow.

                       

Optimal Energy Growth In Plasma Instabilities

The Sun, our closest star, is a ball of plasma interacting with a magnetic field. This interaction leads to a host of fascinating and complex dynamics. The visible yellow disk of the Sun (which should not be viewed directly with the naked eye) marks, approximately, the base of the solar atmosphere. In the Sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field (that can emerge through the photosphere) gets buffeted, twisted and sheared until it becomes unstable and eruptions occur. These eruptions, apart from being...

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