TITLE

Bidirectional jet formation during driven magnetic reconnection in two-beam laser–plasma interactions

AUTHOR(S)
Nilson, P. M.; Willingale, L.; Kaluza, M. C.; Kamperidis, C.; Minardi, S.; Wei, M. S.; Fernandes, P.; Notley, M.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Sherlock, M.; Kingham, R. J.; Tatarakis, M.; Najmudin, Z.; Rozmus, W.; Evans, R. G.; Haines, M. G.; Dangor, A. E.; Krushelnick, K.
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2008, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p092701
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Measurements of the bidirectional plasma jets that form at the surface of a solid target during a laser-generated driven magnetic reconnection are presented. Resistivity enhancement of at least 25× the classical Spitzer value is required when applying the Sweet–Parker model of reconnection to reconcile the experimentally observed reconnection time scale. Analytic calculations show that a fast reconnection model, which includes a priori the effects of microturbulent resistivity enhancement, better reproduces the experimental observations.
ACCESSION #
34621652

 

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