Model of magnetic reconnection in space and astrophysical plasmas

@inproceedings{Boozer2013ModelOM,
  title={Model of magnetic reconnection in space and astrophysical plasmas},
  author={Allen H. Boozer},
  year={2013}
}
Maxwell's equations imply that exponentially smaller non-ideal effects than commonly assumed can give rapid magnetic reconnection in space and astrophysical plasmas. In an ideal evolution, magnetic field lines act as stretchable strings, which can become ever more entangled but cannot be cut. High entanglement makes the lines exponentially sensitive to small non-ideal changes in the magnetic field. The cause is well known in popular culture as the butterfly effect and in the theory of… CONTINUE READING