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Hall MHD modeling of two-dimensional
application to MRX experiment.
V. S. Lukin and S. C. Jardin
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ 08543
December 22, 2002
A two-dimensional resistive Hall magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) code
is used to investigate the dynamical evolution of driven reconnection in the
Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX). The initial conditions and di-
mensionless parameters of the simulation are set to be similar to the ex-
perimental values. We successfully reproduce many features of the time-
evolution of magnetic configurations for both co- and counter-helicity recon-
nection in MRX. The Hall effect is shown to be important during the early
dynamic X-phase of MRX reconnection, while effectively negligible during
the late "steady-state" Y-phase, when plasma heating takes place. Based
on simple symmetry considerations, an experiment to directly measure the
Hall effect in MRX configuration is proposed and numerical evidence for
the expected outcome is given.
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Lukin, V.S. & Jardin, S.C. Hall MHD Modeling of Two-dimensional Reconnection: Application to MRX Experiment, report, January 9, 2003; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc740053/m1/3/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.