Space Science Reviews

, Volume 160, Issue 1–4, pp 3–23 | Cite as

The Diffusion Region in Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection

  • Michael Hesse
  • Thomas Neukirch
  • Karl Schindler
  • Masha Kuznetsova
  • Seiji Zenitani


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.


Magnetic reconnection Numerical simulations Solar physics Magnetospheric physics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Hesse
    • 1
  • Thomas Neukirch
    • 2
  • Karl Schindler
    • 3
  • Masha Kuznetsova
    • 1
  • Seiji Zenitani
    • 1
  1. 1.Space Weather LaboratoryNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.University of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsScotland, UK
  3. 3.Ruhr-Universitaet BochumBochumGermany

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