Magnetic Reconnection

  • Hannu E. J. Koskinen
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Magnetic reconnection is a key concept in some of the most important processes associated with space storms, including solar flares, detachment of CMEs from the Sun, interaction between the solar wind and the magnetosphere, and substorm onsets. The idea of reconnection, although not the term, was introduced by Giovanelli [1946] and developed further by Dungey [1953] to explain rapid energy release in solar coronal loops. Later Dungey [1961] applied reconnection to describe magnetospheric convection as a result of interaction between the magnetic field of the solar wind and the magnetosphere.


Solar Wind Current Sheet Magnetic Reconnection Diffusion Region Solar Dynamo 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu E. J. Koskinen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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