Time history of the external magnetic reconnection rate , defined by the mean plasma bulk inflow speed far upstream of the current sheet (top, in the unit of ), the maximum outflow velocity along axis in the direction (middle, in the unit of ), and the corresponding observed maximum flux cancellation rate (bottom, in the unit of ).
Contours of constant , i.e., magnetic field lines at , 50, and 120, respectively (from top to bottom).
Characteristic values of mentioned physical quantities.
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