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Scaled laboratory experiments explain the kink behaviour of the Crab Nebula jet

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The remarkable discovery by the Chandra X-ray observatory that the Crab nebula's jet periodically changes direction provides a challenge to our understanding of astrophysical jet dynamics. It has been suggested that this phenomenon may be the consequence of magnetic fields and magnetohydrodynamic instabilities, but experimental demonstration in a controlled laboratory environment has remained elusive. Here we report experiments that use high-power lasers to create a plasma jet that can be dir...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1038/ncomms13081

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Tzeferacos, P More by this author
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Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic & Laser Physics
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Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic & Laser Physics
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(FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreements no. 256973
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DE-FG03-09NA29553, No.DE-SC0007168
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Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
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Nature Communications Journal website
Publication date:
2016-10-07
Acceptance date:
2016-08-31
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2041-1723
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pubs:653610
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uri:e394a76d-e3f2-49cd-8682-e46ccd94153c
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uuid:e394a76d-e3f2-49cd-8682-e46ccd94153c
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