Re: Ions (Was: Big Bang is Bunk)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 08:58:04 MDT

On Thu, Jul 26, 2001 at 11:09:03AM -0700, Reason wrote:
> Basically, a spinning dipole sets up an interesting distribution in the
> plasma around it. All the positive charge clumps in one place, all the
> negative charge clumps in another. Individual positive and negative charges
> still repel each other at close range, but the overall effect of the
> distribution is to draw new negative charges into the negative mass and
> positive charges into the positive mass.

Nice. I wonder if this would be an useful system for keeping fusion plasmas
confied. I'm not certain it is, since the distributions in the paper looked
like there was a long "tail" where ions from the polar cap could drift out
from the sphere, and the necessary electric fields to keep a reasonable
amount of plasma confied might be very large. But what do I know of plasma

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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