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High Lundquist Number Resistive MHD Simulations of Magnetic Reconnection: Searching for Secondary Island Formation

@article{Ng2011HighLN,
  title={High Lundquist Number Resistive MHD Simulations of Magnetic Reconnection: Searching for Secondary Island Formation},
  author={C. S. Ng and Srivathsan Ragunathan},
  journal={arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics},
  year={2011}
}
Recently, secondary island formation due to the tearing instability of the Sweet-Parker current sheet was identified as a possible mechanism that can lead to fast reconnection (less sensitive dependence on Lundquist number $S$) both in numerical simulations using Particle-in-Cell (PIC) method [Daughton et al. 2009], as well as using resistive magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) [Lapenta 2008; Bhattacharjee et al. 2009]. This instability is thought to appear when $S$ is greater than a certain threshold… 

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