Three-dimensional reconnection on the Sun

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Abstract

A brief review is given of the theory of magnetic reconnection in three dimensions. The key elements of a three-dimensional null point are its spine and its fan, which consist, respectively, of a field line and a surface of field lines that pass through the null, The fans of two nulls intersect in general in a field line called a separator that joins the nulls. Several different types of reconnection have been proposed. namely: spine reconnection, fan reconnection, separator reconnection and quasi-separatrix layer reconnection. In addition, a new exact solution for reconnective annihilation has been recently discovered. A summary is also given of the impressive evidence of reconnection at work on the Sun provided by a range of observations from the Yohkoh and SOHO satellites, both of solar flares and of coronal heating events.

Original languageEnglish
Volume53
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • QUASI-SEPARATRIX LAYERS
  • MAGNETIC RECONNECTION
  • NULL POINTS
  • SOLAR-FLARE
  • 2-RIBBON FLARES
  • CURRENT SHEET
  • MODELS
  • CORONA
  • FLUX
  • ANNIHILATION

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