Distribution of plasmoids in high-lundquist-number magnetic reconnection

Yi Min Huang, A. Bhattacharjee

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Abstract

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
Volume109
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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