EECS500 Fall 2017 Department Colloquium

Donald Scott
A Transistor Analog of the Sun's Surface
Emeritus, Univ of Massachusetts
White 411
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
October 17, 2017

It is becoming increasingly clear that many if not all the phenomena observed in the cosmos are most readily explained from the viewpoint of electrical physics and engineering. Those investigators who cling to the classical belief that gravity is the only significant force are at a rapidly growing disadvantage. This is because gravity only attracts whereas electric and magnetic forces both attract ad repel and are many orders of magnitude stronger. More accurate and more powerful space probes such as IBEX are recovering data that is becoming harder to explain via a gravity-only analysis.

Dr. Scott will present an electrical model of the effects seen on and above the Sun’s visible surface. These include:

  • Why the Sun’s corona exists – and what it is made of.
  • The temperature anomaly – the fact that the lower corona is a million degrees hotter than regions closer in to the Sun.
  • Why there are two different types of solar wind – where each of them comes from – and why they have very different properties.
  • Why photospheric granules shrink away and disappear in hours.
  • What mechanism can (and did) completely shut off the solar wind for a period of two days.
  • What are the causes, and effects produced by sunspots and coronal holes.
  • Why these properties of the Sun are analogous to the well-known behavior of junction transistors.

A short video taken in a plasma laboratory with which Dr. Scott is associated will be shown.


Donald E. Scott was born in New York City, earned his B.S. (1957) and Master’s (1959) degrees from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and his Ph.D. degree (1968) from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, all in electrical engineering.

He was with General Electric (Large Steam Turbine Generators) in Schenectady, NY, and Pittsfield, MA (Lightning Arrester Division).

From 1959 to 1998, he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was, at various times there, an Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head, the Director of the undergraduate program, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, and Director of the College of Engineering’s Video Instructional Program.

In 1984, he was a Guest Lecturer in the School of Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Dr. Scott was the recipient of several good-teaching awards during his thirty-nine year tenure on the UMass faculty.

He received the 2012 Sagnac Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Natural Philosophy Alliance. (In 2011 Halton Arp received this award.)

He is the author of the 730 page undergraduate-level textbook, An Introduction To Circuit Analysis—A Systems Approach (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987); and The Electric Sky—A Challenge to the Myths of Modern Astronomy (Mikamar Publishing, 2006). This second book addresses the legitimacy of many of the assumptions, hypothetical entities, and forces that are required by presently accepted non-electrical, gravity-only-based theories in astrophysics.

In 2009 he presented an invited seminar on Plasma Cosmology to engineers, astronomers, and astrophysicists at NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Greenbelt, MD.

An introductory paper: Real Properties of Electromagnetic Fields-IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE, VOL. 35, NO. 4, AUGUST 2007

is available at: http://electric-cosmos.org/IEEE-TransPlasmaSci-Scott-Aug2007.pdf

His latest and most significant paper on cosmic Force-Free/Field Aligned Currents is available at: http://www.ptep-online.com/index_files/2015/PP-41-13.PDF

A gallery of the astro-images Dr. Scott has obtained from his observatory may be seen at http://www.astrotes.info .