Laboratory simulation of the induced magnetospheres of comets and Venus

I. M. Podgorny, E. M. Dubinin, P. L. Israelevich

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The comparison of data obtained in laboratory experiments on the solar wind interaction with a body endowed with a plasma shell, the observations of comet type I tails and the direct measurements near Venus show that an induced magnetosphere is formed with an extended magnetic tail. This magnetosphere appears due to currents associated with unipolar induction. The distribution of electrodynamical forces associated with the formation of the induced magnetosphere makes it possible to explain the acceleration of matter towards the tail as in the motion across the tail observed in comets and Venus. The analysis of the condensation motion in Halley's comet yields an estimate of tail magnetic field of 30 to 50γ. A three-dimensional model of the induced magnetospheres of Venus and comets is developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-338
Number of pages16
JournalThe Moon and the Planets
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1980
Externally publishedYes


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