Near-Tail Reconnection as the Cause of Cometary Tail Disconnections

  1. Thomas J. Birmingham and
  2. Alexander J. Dessler
  1. C.T. Russell1,
  2. M.A. Saunders1,
  3. J.L. Phillips1 and
  4. J.A. Fedder2

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP027p0270

Comet Encounters

Comet Encounters

How to Cite

Russell, C.T., Saunders, M.A., Phillips, J.L. and Fedder, J.A. (1988) Near-Tail Reconnection as the Cause of Cometary Tail Disconnections, in Comet Encounters (eds T. J. Birmingham and A. J. Dessler), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP027p0270

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles

  2. 2

    Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902395

Online ISBN: 9781118668757



  • Alfven's model;
  • Cometary tail disconnections;
  • Earth's magnetotail;
  • Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism;
  • Plasma tail;
  • Tail reconnection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Model

  • Conclusions