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Jim Dungey, the open magnetosphere, and space weather

Lockwood, M. ORCID: (2016) Jim Dungey, the open magnetosphere, and space weather. Space Weather, 14 (6). pp. 380-383. ISSN 1542-7390

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In 1961, James W. Dungey published a remarkable two-page paper in Physics Review Letters that revolutionized our understanding of the Earth's magnetosphere. In it, he used his concept of “magnetic reconnection” to introduce the open magnetosphere model. Dungey died in 2015 but his idea does a great deal more than just live on in the literature. In addition to making sense of the magnetosphere, it has established key applications in astrophysics, planetary physics, solar and heliospheric physics, and fusion energy research – in fact, any area involving ionized gases threaded by magnetic fields. It is now the basis of our understanding and prediction of space weather phenomena.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:65821
Publisher:American Geophysical Union


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