Prof. Syun-Ichi Akasofu (International Arctic Research Center, Alaska)Date:
2004-11-02 00:00Place: Long-standing unsolved problems in solar physics and magnetospheric physics.
Like any field of science, there are a number of long-standing, unsolved problems in solar physics and magnetospheric physics, and their solutions are considered to be almost beyond the capability of the present generation of researchers. However, it is suggested that some of the unsolved problems have remained unsolved because the guiding concepts or paradigms have no sound foundation. In this paper, several paradigms are chosen for examination from this particular point of view. They are sunspots, solar flares/CMEs in solar physics, and the concept of magnetic flux transfer in the magnetosphere. It is obviously not the intent of this paper to provide answers to these difficult problems. Rather, by posing basic questions about the sources of the established paradigms, it is hoped that a new way of approaching the long-standing problems may be opened.Created 2004-12-06 16:19:12 by Rick McGregorLast changed 2004-12-06 16:19:12 by Rick McGregor