Reconnection in Earth'S Magnetotail: An Overview

  1. Edward W. Hones Jr.
  1. A. Nishida

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM030p0159

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

How to Cite

Nishida, A. (1984) Reconnection in Earth'S Magnetotail: An Overview, in Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas (ed E. W. Hones), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM030p0159

Author Information

  1. Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900582

Online ISBN: 9781118664223

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Keywords:

  • Earth's magnetotail;
  • Magnetic field;
  • Mechanism of plasma supply;
  • Tailward flow;
  • X'-type neutral line

Summary

The reported evidences and counter-evidences of reconnection in Earth's magnetotail are critically reviewed. We conclude that convincing observational bases for the tail reconnection exist, but emphasize that large-scale reconnection in the near-earth tail is not the only driving agent of the plasma dynamics in the tail. Confusion was created when it was believed that the reconnection should explain every observable feature. Physical mechanism of the tail reconnection is not yet fully understood, however, and we discuss important issues which remain to be tackled by future observations.