Magnetic reconnection with Sweet-Parker characteristics in two-dimensional laboratory plasmas

Hantao Ji, Masaaki Yamada, Scott Hsu, Russell Kulsrud, Troy Carter, Sorin Zaharia

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Abstract

Magnetic reconnection has been studied experimentally in a well-controlled, two-dimensional laboratory magnetohydrodynamic plasma. The observations are found to be both qualitatively and quantitatively consistent with a generalized Sweet-Parker model which incorporates compressibility, downstream pressure, and the effective resistivity. The latter is significantly enhanced over its classical values in the collisionless limit. This generalized Sweet-Parker model also applies to the case in which a unidirectional, sizable third magnetic component is present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1743-1750
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume6
Issue number5 I
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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