Distribution of plasmoids in high-lundquist-number magnetic reconnection

Yi Min Huang, A. Bhattacharjee

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The distribution function f(ψ) of magnetic flux ψ in plasmoids formed in high-Lundquist-number current sheets is studied by means of an analytic phenomenological model and direct numerical simulations. The distribution function is shown to follow a power law f(ψ)∼ψ -1, which differs from other recent theoretical predictions. Physical explanations are given for the discrepant predictions of other theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number265002
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 27 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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