Reconnection in a Strong Magnetic Field

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 341)


When two oppositely directed magnetic fields are pressed together, the conductive plasma is squeezed out from between them, causing the field gradient to steepen until a reconnecting current layer (RCL) appears and becomes so thin that the resistive dissipation determines the magnetic reconnection rate. In this Chapter, the basic magnetohydrodynamic properties of such a process are considered in the approximation of a strong magnetic field.


Plasma Density Magnetic Reconnection Zeroth Point Zeroth Line Current Layer 
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