The diffusion region in collisionless magnetic reconnection

Michael Hesse, Thomas Neukirch, Karl Schindler, Masha Kuznetsova, Seiji Zenitani

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A review of present understanding of the dissipation region in magnetic reconnection is presented. The review focuses on results of the thermal inertia-based dissipation mechanism but alternative mechanisms are mentioned as well. For the former process, a combination of analytical theory and numerical modeling is presented. Furthermore, a new relation between the electric field expressions for anti-parallel and guide field reconnection is developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-23
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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