Measurement of the Current Sheet during Magnetic Reconnection in a Toroidal Plasma

N. A. Crocker, G. Fiksel, S. C. Prager, J. S. Sarff

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Abstract

The current and magnetic-field fluctuations associated with magnetic-field-line reconnection have been measured in the reversed field pinch plasma configuration. The current sheet resulting from this reconnection has been measured. The current layer is radially broad, comparable to a magnetic-island width, as may be expected from current transport along magnetic-field lines. It is much larger than that predicted by resistive MHD for linear tearing modes and larger than prediction from two-fluid linear theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume90
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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