Space Science Reviews

, Volume 172, Issue 1–4, pp 187–200 | Cite as

Magnetic Reconnection in the Solar Wind

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Abstract

It is only within the last 5 years that we have learned how to recognize the unambiguous signature of magnetic reconnection in the solar wind in the form of roughly Alfvénic accelerated plasma flows embedded within bifurcated magnetic field reversal regions (current sheets). This paper provides a brief overview of what has since been learned about reconnection in the solar wind from both single and multi-spacecraft observations of these so-called reconnection exhausts.

Keywords

Solar wind Magnetic reconnection Space plasmas Current sheets 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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