Transient reconnection: Search for ionospheric signatures
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 71, Issue 20, pages 709–720, 15 May 1990
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- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The concept of magnetic reconnection originated with the suggestion by Giovanelli  that particles could be energized during solar flares near nulls in the magnetic field. Hoyle  subsequently proposed that such a process could also act at nulls between the geomagnetic field and the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) to generate the energized particles responsible for auroral displays. However, the idea of the interconnection of the two magnetic fields, as we know it today, was first presented by Hoyle's student, Dungey [1953, 1961].