Reconnection During the Formation of Field Reversed Configurations

  1. Edward W. Hones Jr.
  1. Richard D. Milroy

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM030p0305

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

How to Cite

Milroy, R. D. (1984) Reconnection During the Formation of Field Reversed Configurations, in Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas (ed E. W. Hones), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM030p0305

Author Information

  1. Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc., Bellevue, Washington 98004

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:

  • Field reversed configuration (FRC);
  • θ-pinch coil;
  • Radial dimensions;
  • Rate of reconnection;
  • Resistive particle-field diffusion

Summary

Theoretical and experimental studies of magnetic field line reconnection during the formation of a field reversed configuration is reviewed. Good agreement is found between the predictions of an MHD computer model and experimental observations of field line reconnection at the θ-pinch ends during formation. Observations of an additional small-scale reconnection along the magnetic field null during the radial implosion is explained with more detailed calculations based on a hybrid (zero inertia electron fluid and PIC ions) computer model.