Thunderbolts: Voyager 1 Updates Solar Electron Flux
Dr. Scott claims to use Voyager data to update his incoming electron flux to 10^7 electrons per cubic meter, a 100 times increase over his previous estimate. He subsequently uses this to downgrade the estimate of the Sun-heliopause voltage drop to 6.25 million volts.
“NASA’s observation (#3 above) that the direction of the solar wind actually reverses (begins to flow sunward) out near the heliopause is further confirmation that the analogy between the behavior of the Sun’s surrounding plasma and what is observed in laboratory “gas” (plasma) discharge tubes is a valid one.”Note that we still get NO information on the voltage system actually driving this claimed discharge tube. Since we detect no synchrotron emission from the current stream (detectable at radio wavelengths), it's existence is as mystical as the diety that makes the Sun rise each day.
This continued failure on the part of EU 'theorists' places their 'model' in a far weaker position than the standard heliospheric bow-shock model, where particles moving out from the Sun eventually reach a distance where the outflow balances with the interstellar medium flowing around the Sun. We've observed this around other stars (see Hubble Finds Stars That 'Go Ballistic', Wikipedia: Bow Shock). We observe these bow-shock structures under many conditions where there clearly are no large-scale electric fields controlling their structure.
For a closer look, here's the original Voyager press release:
NASA/JPL: NASA's Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge
Note that the JPL article says that Voyager reports a 100-fold increase in the electron intensity (flux) from elsewhere in the galaxy, but does not actually report a value. Also note that this is the flux of energetic electrons from the rest of the galaxy, NOT the relatively low-energy free electrons in the interstellar medium. But these inconvenient distinctions do not deter Dr. Scott. He just multiplies his original numbers (apparently from some estimate made around 1979) by 100. These values Dr. Scott is using are not necessarily the ones Voyager was actually reporting (I actually have a query pending to get the actual numbers. I had hoped I would have heard back on this by now).
But beyond that, nothing's really changed. EU still requires mystical properties for charged particles, much of which I covered in my earlier posts on this particular EU solar model (which is very different from Wal Thornhill's model):
The Solar Capacitor Model. I.
The Solar Capacitor Model. II.
The Solar Capacitor Model. III.
I can re-run the simulations from these past articles with Dr. Scott's revised numbers, but it doesn't improve the comparison to actual data much. The general effects are:
- Increasing the electron density to lower the voltage drop increases all the particle densities. This still creates a problem for the radiation environment to which satellites and astronauts are exposed.
- Reducing the voltage drop lowers the particles speeds. This is still HARD radiation, dangerous to satellites and astronauts.
- If inbound electrons are now being measured by Voyager in the heliopause region, why weren't they detected closer to the Sun? How do the electrons deliver their energy to the Sun if they don't travel the remaining 100 AUs to the Sun? Again, EU must invoke some magical property for electrons. According to the standard heliosphere model, the number of inbound electrons are increasing because the flux of outbound electrons has decreased sufficiently that the inbound electrons are not being scattered off their trajectory.
- What happens to electrons moving through a 10 billion volt drop, or even a 6.25 million volt drop? How is their energy transferred when they impact the Sun? We've been able to generate electron beams of this energy, and higher, for DECADES. See SLAC’s Electron Beam Gets Astrophysical. We know exactly how these electron beams behave. We know what happens when they hit matter, like the surface of the Sun, or the dark side of a planet, or a satellite, or an astronaut in a space suit. This detail is also something that designers of everything from discharge tubes to CRTs MUST know, but EU 'theorists' apparently do not.
This very basic fact is apparently not understood by Electric Universe 'theorists'.