Magnetic field-line reconnection in a toroidal plasma

Satoru Iizuka, Y. Minamitani, H. Tanaca, Y. Kiwamoto

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-921
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1984 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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