26Al and the partial ionization of the solar nebula

Guy J. Consolmagno, J. R. Jokipii

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Calculation of the ionization state and consequent magnetic Reynolds number for the solar nebula shows that the presence of26Al will result in strong coupling of the gas to magnetic fields. In the absence of26Al,40K will still result in substantial ionization, but the degree of magnetic coupling is much more model dependent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalThe Moon and the Planets
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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