Energy Cascades in Large-Scale Solar Flare Reconnection

  • Miroslav Bárta
  • Jan Skála
  • Marian Karlický
  • Jörg Büchner
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 33)


Very fast energy release is sometimes observed in large-scale current layers formed in astrophysical plasmas. Solar flares represent a clear example. The dissipation and changes of the magnetic field topology in the almost collision-less plasmas are inherently related to plasma-kinetic processes in very thin current sheets (CSs). Question arises, how the originally thick current layer is efficiently fragmented into these small-scale dissipative CSs. We investigated this question by means of high-resolution MHD simulations. In addition to the earlier considered chain plasmoid instability we identified other elementary process for energy transport from large to small scales – fragmenting coalescence of plasmoids. This result changes so far basically 1D picture of energy cascade in a large scale magnetic reconnection and reveals multi-dimensional nature of the fragmentation process. At the same moment it shows that plasmoid coalescence contributes – quite surprisingly – to the direct energy cascade.


Solar Flare Magnetic Reconnection Current Layer Astrophysical Plasma Anomalous Resistivity 
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This research was supported by the grants P209/12/0103 (GA CR), P209/10/1680 (GA CR), 5322215000801 (IGA UJEP) and the research project AV0Z10030501 of the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miroslav Bárta
    • 1
  • Jan Skála
    • 2
  • Marian Karlický
    • 1
  • Jörg Büchner
    • 3
  1. 1.Astronomical Institute ASCROndřejovCzechia
  2. 2.Faculty of Science, UJEPÚstí nad LabemCzechia
  3. 3.MPS LindauKatlenburg-LindauGermany

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