Energy balance during bursty reconnection

V. S. Semenov, N. N. Volkonskaya, H. K. Biernat

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In this paper we study the energy budget during magnetic reconnection. To this end, we concentrate on time-varying reconnection. Our considerations are based on the generalization of the Petschek model for a time varying reconnection rate. For the sake of simplicity, we consider a 2D asymmetric current sheet configuration with an incompressible plasma. Under these circumstances, the reconnection problem can be formulated in an analytical way, and a particularly clear insight can be gained. It turns out that as a result of the fast motion of the outflow region, magnetic energy is accumulated external to its leading front, whereas it is rarefied in the wake region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-564
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2000

Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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