Experimental verification of the hall effect during magnetic reconnection in a laboratory plasma

Yang Ren, Masaaki Yamada, Stefan Gerhardt, Hantao Ji, Russell Kulsrud, Aleksey Kuritsyn

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Abstract

In this Letter we report a clear and unambiguous observation of the out-of-plane quadrupole magnetic field suggested by numerical simulations in the reconnecting current sheet in the magnetic reconnection experiment. Measurements show that the Hall effect is large in the collisionless regime and becomes small as the collisionality increases, indicating that the Hall effect plays an important role in collisionless reconnection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055003
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume95
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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