The South Pole is home to ice, wind, and science. One South Pole physics project, the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), is making the most of the conditions by outfitting their detector with wind turbines and solar panels to help power their stations. To save energy and funds, these remote power systems are being installed and tested.
Magnetic monopoles were predicted by Paul Dirac in 1931. Their existence would imply the quantization of magnetic and electric charges and, thus, symmetrize Maxwell’s equations with respect to the sources of the electromagnetic field. Today, these equations allow magnetic charges to exist only in pairs (north and south) while positive and negative electric charges can exist independently.