Formation of plasmoid chains in magnetic reconnection

R. Samtaney, N. F. Loureiro, D. A. Uzdensky, A. A. Schekochihin, S. C. Cowley

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A detailed numerical study of magnetic reconnection in resistive MHD for very large, previously inaccessible, Lundquist numbers (104≤Sa≤108) is reported. Large-aspect-ratio Sweet-Parker current sheets are shown to be unstable to super-AlfvÃ

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105004
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 4 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Samtaney, R., Loureiro, N. F., Uzdensky, D. A., Schekochihin, A. A., & Cowley, S. C. (2009). Formation of plasmoid chains in magnetic reconnection. Physical review letters, 103(10), [105004].