Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

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The purpose of this thesis is to determine, experimentally and theoretically, an axially symmetric current distribution which would simulate the currents believed to flow in interplanetary space around the sun. The general magnetic field of the sun is assumed to originate as a dipole field which induces currents in the plasma of the solar atmosphere. The dipole field is in turn modified by the induced currents. This phenomenon is often described in terms or a diamagnetism of the plasma. In the limiting case, this diamagnetism would almost completely prevent the inducing field from penetrating the plasma.

Degree Name

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Department Name

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Victor H. Regener

Second Committee Member

Roy Thomas

Third Committee Member

Christopher Pratt Leavitt

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