Rings of Saturn and Equatorial Discs

A rotating electromagnetic plasma that has helical structure but ZERO helicity density offers some interesting properties for modeling the magnetic properties of stars like the sun, and planets such as Saturn with equatorial accretion discs. In particular examples, the component of the Lorentz force parallel to the plasma rotation axis is directed to the equatorial plane from both above and below. This electromagnetic force on a plasma thereby offers an explanation for the stabile concentration of matter in the equatorial plane of astrophysical objects like Saturn.


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