Magnetic Reconnection in Extreme Astrophysical Environments

  title={Magnetic Reconnection in Extreme Astrophysical Environments},
  author={Dmitri A. Uzdensky},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
  • D. Uzdensky
  • Published 13 January 2011
  • Physics
  • Space Science Reviews
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