Scaling of collisionless forced reconnection

Xiaogang Wang, A. Bhattacharjee, Z. W. Ma

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The scaling of the reconnection electric field was determined in a collisionless plasma for a model of forced reconnection. An analytical expression for the length of the reconnection layer was obtained and its dependencies on local plasma and global parameters were identified. A nonlinear Hall magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) simulation was used to test analytical scaling relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number265003
Pages (from-to)2650031-2650034
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 24 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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