Selected Publications

(Simulation of solar prominences)

E. V. Stenson and P. M. Bellan, Magnetically driven flows in arched plasma structures, Phys. Rev. Letters 109, Art. No. 075001 (2012)

P. M. Bellan, D. Kumar, E. V. Stenson, S. K. P. Tripathi, G. S. Yun, and A. L. Moser, Laboratory simulations of astrophysical jets and solar coronal loops: new results, Proc. Symposium on Plasmas in the Laboratory and in the Universe, interactions, patterns, and turbulence, Como (Italy), 2009, preprint

E. V. Stenson and P. M. Bellan, Dual-Species Plasmas Illustrate MHD Flows, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 36, 1206 (2008)

S. K. P. Tripathi, P. M. Bellan, and G. S. Yun, Observation of Kinetic Plasma Jets in a Coronal-Loop Simulation Experiment, Phys. Rev. Letters 98,  Art. No. 135002 (2007)

J. F. Hansen, S. K. P. Tripathi, and P. M. Bellan, Co- and counter-helicity interaction between two adjacent laboratory prominences, Phys. Plasmas 11, 3177 (2004).

P. M. Bellan, Why current-carrying magnetic flux tubes gobble up plasma and become thin as a result,   Phys. Plasmas 10 Pt 2, 1999 (2003), Arxiv web preprint

P. M. Bellan, Why helicity injection causes coronal flux tubes to develop an axially invariant cross-section,  Advances in Space Physics 32, 1923 (2003), preprint,   Arxiv web eprint

M. Tokman, M. and P. M. Bellan, Three-dimensional model of the structure and evolution of coronal mass ejections (CME)Astrophysical Journal, 567, 1202 (2002), preprint (high resolution graphics),   preprint (Unix compatible, lower resolution graphics)

J. F. Hansen and P. M. Bellan, Experimental demonstration of how strapping fields can inhibit solar prominence eruptions, Astrophysical Journal 563, L183 (2001)

P. M. Bellan, J. Yee, and J. F. Hansen, Spheromaks, solar prominences and Alfven instability of current sheets, Earth Planets and Space, 53, 495 (2001),  preprint

Bellan, P. M., Simulating Solar Prominences in the Laboratory, American Scientist, March-April 2000, p.136-143 abstract

Bellan, P. M., Alfven Wave Instability of Current Sheets in Force-Free Collisionless Plasmas, Phys. Rev. Letters.83, 4768 (1999). (preprint in PDF format)

P. M. Bellan, Magnetic Helicity and Relaxation: Theory, in Magnetic Helicity in Space and Laboratory Plasmas, Geophysical Monograph 111 (ed. M.R. Brown, R. C. Canfield, A.A. Pevtsov, American Geophysical Union, 1999), p.119.

P. M. Bellan and J. F. Hansen, Laboratory simulations of solar prominence eruptions, Phys. Plasmas 5, 1991 (1998).

J. Glanz, Bringing the stars down to earth, Science, 276,351(1997).

P. M. Bellan, The relationship between the formation dynamics of laboratory spheromaks and the dynamics of prominence eruptions, in Solar Drives of Interplanetary and Terrestrial Disturbances, Astronomy Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 95 (ed. K. S. Balasubramaniam and S. L. Keil, 1996), p.242.

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Revised: April 14, 2016.

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