Tripathi, S., and Gekelman, W.,
"Laboratory Simulation of Arched Magnetic Flux Rope Eruptions in the
PRL 195, 5005 (2010).
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Not a cartoon in any classic sense, but one showing how a laboratory simulation of an erupting flux rope works. The Archivist likes this cartoon not only because of the vivid colors, but also because the simulation reveals the generation of intense waves. The authors describe this as the result of topology modifications but do not see the need to use the word "reconnection." Bravo!
September 5, 2010
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