Reconnection During the Formation of Field Reversed Configurations
- 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
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
- Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1984
Print ISBN: 9780875900582
Online ISBN: 9781118664223
- Field reversed configuration (FRC);
- θ-pinch coil;
- Radial dimensions;
- Rate of reconnection;
- Resistive particle-field diffusion
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.