Author

Grant Parker

Date of Award

2017

First Advisor

Michael Bergman

Second Advisor

Eric Kramer

Abstract

In this thesis I test a hypothesis that claims coronal mass ejections maintain a structure as they expand into space by means of computer simulation. The first five chapters review the history of coronal mass ejections, what scientists have ascertained about the ejecta over time, the physics that govern plasma, and the code used in the experiment. The remaining text presents the experimental setup and results, followed by a discussion on the context of the results and direction coronal mass ejection studies may take. To conclude, I determined that the hypothesis of structure in coronal mass ejections is strongly supported by the results of the study.

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