A Three-Dimensional MHD Simulation of the Multiple X Line Reconnection Process
- C. T. Russell,
- E. R. Priest and
- L. C. Lee
Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
Copyright 1990 by the American Geophysical Union.
Physics of Magnetic Flux Ropes
How to Cite
Fu, Z. F., Lee, L. C. and Shi, Y. (1990) A Three-Dimensional MHD Simulation of the Multiple X Line Reconnection Process, in Physics of Magnetic Flux Ropes (eds C. T. Russell, E. R. Priest and L. C. Lee), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM058p0515
- Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1990
Print ISBN: 9780875900261
Online ISBN: 9781118663868
- Solar photosphere;
- Magnetic flux;
The multiple X line reconnection (MXR) process is studied through a 3-dimensional incompressible MHD simulation. The simulation is conducted in a local rectangular box for which a constant plasma flow and magnetic inflow flux are maintained on the two plasma incoming boundaries. Reconnection takes place under such driven boundary conditions.
Magnetic reconnections at multiple sites are observed. As the reconnections proceed, several magnetic flux tubes are formed and convected outward after growing to a large size. Tube-aligned plasma flows are observed inside the moving magnetic flux tubes. As reconnection proceeds, the active reconnection regions shift towards the ends of the reconnection lines. Of the most importance is the field line topology revealed at the two ends of the flux tube. The simulation shows that the magnetic ropes usually have “frayed” ends.