An exact solution for steady state magnetic reconnection in three dimensions
Craig, I.J.D., Fabling, R. B., Henton, S. M. & Rickard, G. J. (1995). An exact solution for steady state magnetic reconnection in three dimensions. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 445(2), 197- 199.
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An exact three-dimensional solution is derived for the steady state magnetic reconnection of incompressible, resistive plasmas. The analysis provides a natural extension of the analytic, two-dimensional reconnection solution of Craig & Henton. The solution shows how advective motions through the separatrix “spine-curve” lead to global current sheets aligned to the separatrix “fan.”
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This article has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Copyright 1995 The American Astronomical Society.