Wave driven magnetic reconnection in the Taylor problem

Richard Fitzpatrick, Amitava Bhattacharjee, Zhi Wei Ma, Timur Linde

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An improved Laplace transform theory for investigating the initial response of a stable slab plasma equlirium to a suddenly applied wall perturbation in the so-called Taylor problem was developed. The novel feature of thie new theory was that it does not employ asymptotic matching. When the wall perturbation was switched on slowly compared to the Alfven time, it was found that the plasma response eventually asymptotes to that predicted by conventional asymptotic matching theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4284-4290
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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