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To test an instrument for a spacecraft that will fly closer to the sun than any before, engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of California-Berkeley used ORNL's powerful plasma-arc lamp to simulate the sun's intense heat flux. Tests at ORNL proved that the instrument for the Fields Experiment--which will measure electric and magnetic fields, radio emissions and shock waves coursing through the sun's atmospheric plasma--can survive high-heat flux during a NASA mission. Comment?
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