2D numerical simulation of the resistive reconnection layer

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In this paper the authors present a two-dimensional numerical simulation of a reconnection current layer in incompressible resistive magnetohydrodynamics with uniform resistivity in the limit of very large Lundquist numbers. They use realistic boundary conditions derived consistently from the outside magnetic field, and they also take into account the effect of the backpressure from flow into the separatrix region. They find that within a few Alfven times the system reaches a steady state consistent with the Sweet-Parker model, even if the initial state is Petschek-like.

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Uzdensky, D. A. & Kulsrud, R. M. July 21, 2000.

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In this paper the authors present a two-dimensional numerical simulation of a reconnection current layer in incompressible resistive magnetohydrodynamics with uniform resistivity in the limit of very large Lundquist numbers. They use realistic boundary conditions derived consistently from the outside magnetic field, and they also take into account the effect of the backpressure from flow into the separatrix region. They find that within a few Alfven times the system reaches a steady state consistent with the Sweet-Parker model, even if the initial state is Petschek-like.

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  • Other Information: PBD: 21 Jul 2000

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  • Report No.: PPPL-3478
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03073
  • DOI: 10.2172/758723 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 758723
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707226

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Uzdensky, D. A. & Kulsrud, R. M. 2D numerical simulation of the resistive reconnection layer, report, July 21, 2000; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707226/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.