Laboratory Study of Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection

H. Ji, J. Yoo, W. Fox, M. Yamada, M. Argall, J. Egedal, Y. H. Liu, R. Wilder, S. Eriksson, W. Daughton, K. Bergstedt, S. Bose, J. Burch, R. Torbert, J. Ng, L. J. Chen

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A concise review is given on the past two decades’ results from laboratory experiments on collisionless magnetic reconnection in direct relation with space measurements, especially by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. Highlights include spatial structures of electromagnetic fields in ion and electron diffusion regions as a function of upstream symmetry and guide field strength, energy conversion and partitioning from magnetic field to ions and electrons including particle acceleration, electrostatic and electromagnetic kinetic plasma waves with various wavelengths, and plasmoid-mediated multiscale reconnection. Combined with the progress in theoretical, numerical, and observational studies, the physics foundation of fast reconnection in collisionless plasmas has been largely established, at least within the parameter ranges and spatial scales that were studied. Immediate and long-term future opportunities based on multiscale experiments and space missions supported by exascale computation are discussed, including dissipation by kinetic plasma waves, particle heating and acceleration, and multiscale physics across fluid and kinetic scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number76
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Laboratory experiment
  • Magnetic reconnection
  • Magnetospheric MultiScale


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