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Sun: Coronal Mass Ejection

During a solar flare, magnetic field lines can twist up and suddenly snap like rubber bands under tension, releasing huge quantities of fast-moving plasma into space in a spectacular burst called a coronal mass ejection.

CMSOUnderstanding magnetic self-organization in plasmas is crucial to unraveling puzzles in astrophysical and laboratory plasma behavior. The Center unites laboratory plasma physicists with plasma astrophysicists for this purpose.

Experimenters and theorists participate from six institutions: the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Los Alamos National Labs, and Swarthmore College.