back to article Electrons ride huge plasma tubes above Earth

The huge energies in the ionosphere get shifted around in plasma “tubes”, observed for the first time by a Sydney University physics graduate student. The work by graduate student Cleo Loi shows that the plasmasphere (the soup of electrons stripped away from atoms in the ionosphere) is strongly aligned with Earth's magnetic …

  1. Big-nosed Pengie
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    What a brilliant young woman!

  2. 27escape
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    especially the binocular use of the MWA

  3. Anonymous Blowhard

    Got to be named after her:

    Cleo's Lanes

  4. Neil Barnes Silver badge


    the plasma ducks I feel sorry for.

    A pint for Cleo and an upvote for the Blowhard...

  5. willi0000000


    a beautiful and original piece of work with credit properly given to the student.

    i predict that the 'binocular' use of the array will become SOP for the future use by other large arrays.

    i wonder if this effect can be used by widely separated arrays or dishes to study larger scale effects like the existence of similar phenomenon from the Sun or Sun/Earth magnetic field interactions.

    1. Wzrd1

      Re: excellent!

      A bit of greater separation between arrays would increase definition and precision of measurements.

  6. Jagged.Shard

    Well done, Cleo!!

    A very personable young lady and an impressive intellect!!

    A well-deserved pint ....................

  7. Mayor Boris

    Proof at last

    Looks like noodly appendages to me...

  8. Sane

    Thank goodness

    That is inspired.

    Now the only proper thing to do is to raise this glass in salute.

  9. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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    Can she reverse the polarity of the plasma flow?

    if not, then what's the point?

    Seriously, an excellent piece of proper boffinry. She'll go far.

  10. FozzyBear

    That is truly an awesome piece of original work. A hat tip to her supervisor also for giving her due credit.

  11. Buster


    Not only great work but excellent communication of the science.

  12. DugEBug

    Graduate student?

    The article begins by saying that Cleo is a graduate student. Later, there is a quote: "As an undergraduate student with no prior background in this, that is an impressive achievement.”

    It is impressive either way, but it would be good to know whether Cleo is working on her Ph.D thesis, or her senior project.

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