Biermann battery

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In astrophysics, the Biermann battery is a process by which a weak seed magnetic field can be generated from zero initial conditions.[1] The relative motion between electrons and ions is driven by rotation. The process was discovered by Ludwig Biermann in 1950.[2]


  1. ^ Xu, Hao; et al.,"The Biermann Battery in Cosmological MHD Simulations of Population III Star Formation", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 688, Issue 2, pp. L57-L60.
  2. ^ Khanna, R., "Generation of magnetic fields by a gravitomagnetic plasma battery", Royal Astronomical Society, Monthly Notices, vol. 295, p. L6-L10