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Magnetized plasmas play an important role in spacecraft electric propulsion and space plasmas. We experimentally demonstrate that when plasmas are subject to strong non-uniform magnetic fields, plasma can be created far away from the location of energy input, in a non-intuitive fashion. This could have implications in improving our understanding of the transport of the solar wind through the Sun's magnetic funnels.
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This page is a summary of: Characterization of a new variable magnetic field linear plasma device, Physics of Plasmas, December 2021, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0070924.
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