Fabling, R.B. & Craig, I.J. (1996). Exact solutions for steady-state, planar, magnetic reconnection in an incompressible viscous plasma. Physics of Plasmas, 3, 2243 .
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The exact planar reconnection analysis of Craig and Henton [Astrophys. J. 450, 280 (1995)] is extended to include the finite viscosity of the fluid and the presence of nonplanar components in the magnetic and velocity fields. It is shown that fast reconnection can be achieved for sufficiently small values of the kinematic viscosity. In particular, the dissipation rate is sustained by the strong amplification of planar magnetic field components advected toward the neutral point. By contrast, nonplanar field components are advected without amplification and so dissipate energy at the slow Sweet–Parker rate.
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