The Generation of Twisted Flux Ropes During Magnetic Reconnection

  1. C. T. Russell,
  2. E. R. Priest and
  3. L. C. Lee
  1. Mitchell A. Berger1 and
  2. Andrew N. Wright2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM058p0521

Physics of Magnetic Flux Ropes

Physics of Magnetic Flux Ropes

How to Cite

Berger, M. A. and Wright, A. N. (1990) The Generation of Twisted Flux Ropes During Magnetic Reconnection, 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/GM058p0521

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  2. 2

    School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary College, London

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900261

Online ISBN: 9781118663868

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Keywords:

  • Solar photosphere;
  • Magnetic flux;
  • Astrophysics

Summary

The reconnection of bundles of magnetic flux can lead to the creation of twisted magnetic flux ropes. Magnetic helicity conservation provides an important constraint on this process. This paper reviews recent calculations of the net twist generated during the reconnection of flux tubes. Twist acquired due to shearing motions will also be discussed.