Reconnection in Earth'S Magnetotail: An Overview
- Edward W. Hones Jr.
Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
Copyright 1984 by the American Geophysical Union.
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
- Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1984
Print ISBN: 9780875900582
Online ISBN: 9781118664223
- Earth's magnetotail;
- Magnetic field;
- Mechanism of plasma supply;
- Tailward flow;
- X'-type neutral line
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.