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Solar Magnetism

  • Claudio Vita-FinziEmail author
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Abstract

The heliosphere—the volume in space that is dominated by the Sun’s magnetism and the solar wind—meets the interstellar plasma and magnetic fields at the heliopause, crossed by the space probe Voyager 1 in 2012 some 122 AU from the Sun. Magnetic fields in the Sun itself include those centered on sunspots as well as those that apply to the Sun as a whole and that influence both its internal dynamics and the behaviour of the other bodies in the solar system. The Sun’s magnetism is seemingly generated at the tachocline at the base of the convective zone; its reversal roughly every 11 years remains unexplained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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