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The solar wind simulations are carried out in a vacuum chamber that sits on top of a large transmission line, which delivers the electrical current needed to run the experiments. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAGPIE GROUP, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
The Mega Ampere Generator for Plasma Implosion Experiments, or MAGPIE, is a two-storey machine housed within the basement of Imperial College London. PHOTOGRAPH BY L. SUTTLE & J.D. HARE, MAGPIE GROUP, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
The experimental setup for MAGPIE, seen while the machine is not in use. PHOTOGRAPH OF MAGPIE GROUP, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
This image shows the model sun, a cylindrical arrangement of wires that gets vaporized by an intense pulse of electricity. This causes a stream of fast plasma wind to be ejected onto a magnetized metal rod, which replicates the presence of a planetary bod