Space Science Reviews

, Volume 160, Issue 1, pp 3–23

The Diffusion Region in Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection

Authors

    • Space Weather LaboratoryNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Thomas Neukirch
    • University of St. Andrews
  • Karl Schindler
    • Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
  • Masha Kuznetsova
    • Space Weather LaboratoryNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Seiji Zenitani
    • Space Weather LaboratoryNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-010-9740-1

Cite this article as:
Hesse, M., Neukirch, T., Schindler, K. et al. Space Sci Rev (2011) 160: 3. doi:10.1007/s11214-010-9740-1

Abstract

A review of present understanding of the dissipation region in magnetic reconnection is presented. The review focuses on results of the thermal inertia-based dissipation mechanism but alternative mechanisms are mentioned as well. For the former process, a combination of analytical theory and numerical modeling is presented. Furthermore, a new relation between the electric field expressions for anti-parallel and guide field reconnection is developed.

Keywords

Magnetic reconnectionNumerical simulationsSolar physicsMagnetospheric physics
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