Magnetic reconnection in weakly collisional highly magnetized electron-ion plasmas

Fitzpatrick, Richard
April 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Apr2010, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p042101
Academic Journal
A reduced three-field model of two-dimensional magnetic reconnection in a weakly collisional, highly magnetized plasma consisting of isothermal electrons and cold ions is derived from a set of Braginskii-like fluid equations. The model is then used to calculate the linear growth rate of the reconnecting instability in collisionless and semicollisional parameter regimes.


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