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Scaling laws of resistive magnetohydrodynamic reconnection in the high-Lundquist-number, plasmoid-unstable regime
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10.1063/1.3420208
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FIG. 1.

The initial current density, with magnetic field lines (constant contours) overlaid.

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FIG. 2.

The reconnection time for various and . The dashed line is the Sweet–Parker scaling.

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Time sequence of the current density, overlaid with magnetic field lines, for the case , . The dashed line indicates the separatrix. The dots and crosses indicate O points and X points, respectively. Notice that the vertical axis is stretched for better visualization (enhanced online). [URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3420208.1]10.1063/1.3420208.1

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The global configuration at a later time, . Shown on the right are close-ups of the reconnection layer.

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Number of plasmoids in the linear and the nonlinear regime.

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Scalings of the current sheet thickness and length with respect to the global Lundquist number . Also shown for reference are the predictions from the heuristic argument.

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The scaling of the local peak current density. Also shown for reference is the prediction from the heuristic argument.

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The PDF of local for different , from cases with .

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Scitation: Scaling laws of resistive magnetohydrodynamic reconnection in the high-Lundquist-number, plasmoid-unstable regime
http://aip.metastore.ingenta.com/content/aip/journal/pop/17/6/10.1063/1.3420208
10.1063/1.3420208
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