Sun  ID: 12512

Observations Reshape Basic Plasma Wave Physics

New light has been shed on the invisible forces shaping our near-Earth environment, unveiling a fundamental physical phenomenon. Using a specialized suite of instruments aboard NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale – or MMS – spacecraft, scientists found the first observational proof of a fifty-year-old theory and uncovered new, unexpected complexities in the small-scale dynamics of a type of plasma wave, known as a kinetic Alfvén wave. The results may lead to improved nuclear fusion techniques for generating energy more efficiently.
 

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Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Mara Johnson-Groh (Wyle Information Systems): Lead Science Writer
Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Daniel J. Gershman (University of Maryland College Park): Lead Scientist
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