Towards a self-consistent theory of turbulent reconnection

Eun jin Kim, P. H. Diamond

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Fast reconnection due to turbulent dissipation has long been hypothesized. This classic idea is critically examined in 3D reduced magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, by taking into account the backreaction of small-scale magnetic fields. We find that the backreaction leads to such a dramatic reduction in a global reconnection rate as to recover the original Sweet-Parker scaling. In 2D limit, the global reconnection rate is shown to be enhanced over the Sweet-Parker result by a factor of magnetic Mach number. These results are consequences of mean square magnetic potential balance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-412
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number6
Early online date27 Nov 2001
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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