The magnetic field-line reconnection is investigated in detail by rapidly reversing the toroidal current in a torus plasma. The reconnection brings about an explosive increase in the plasma pressure in a quite narrow region where a shocklike structure is observed. A strong plasma acceleration and an anomalous resistivity due to the reconnection are estimated by the magnetohydrodynamics equations with the variables obtained from the experiment.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)