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Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas : Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics - Dieter Biskamp

Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas

Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics

Hardcover Published: 14th September 2000
ISBN: 9780521582889
Number Of Pages: 404

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory of magnetic field line reconnection, now a major subject in plasma physics. The book focuses on the various reconnection mechanisms dominating magnetic processes under the different plasma conditions encountered in astrophysical systems and in laboratory fusion devices. The book consists of two major parts: the first deals with the classical resistive approach, while the second presents an overview of weakly collisional or collisionless plasmas. Applications primarily concern astrophysical phenomena and dynamo theory, with emphasis on the solar and geodynamo, as well as magnetospheric substorms, the most spectacular reconnection events in the magnetospheric plasma. The theoretical procedures and results also apply directly to reconnection processes in laboratory plasmas, in particular the sawtooth phenomenon in tokamaks. The book will be of value to graduate students and researchers interested in magnetic processes both in astrophysical and laboratory plasma physics.

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'Magnetic reconnection is one of the most fascinating subjects in plasma physics. It is basically a process by which the close tie between plasma motions and magnetic fields is broken. I recommend Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas very highly to all researchers who are active in the field.' EOS

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Basic kinematic conceptsp. 10
Magnetic flux and magnetic helicityp. 10
Conservation of magnetic topologyp. 14
Conditions for magnetic reconnectionp. 17
Conservation of magnetic helicity in reconnectionp. 21
Current sheetsp. 29
Resistive MHDp. 30
The MHD equationsp. 30
Equilibrium and linear modesp. 32
Conservation lawsp. 37
Reduced MHD modelsp. 38
Resistive current sheetsp. 43
Current-sheet formationp. 43
Basic properties of resistive current sheetsp. 52
Refined theory of the current-sheet structurep. 55
Driven current-sheet reconnectionp. 59
Syrovatskii's theory of current sheetsp. 60
Dynamic structure of Y-pointsp. 66
Scaling laws of stationary current-sheet reconnectionp. 69
Petschek's slow-shock modelp. 75
Resistive instabilitiesp. 81
The resistive tearing modep. 82
Linear tearing instabilityp. 85
Small-amplitude nonlinear behaviorp. 88
Saturation of the tearing modep. 91
Effect of dynamic resistivityp. 95
Neoclassical tearing modep. 96
The double tearing modep. 99
The resistive kink modep. 103
Resistive kink instabilityp. 104
Small-amplitude nonlinear evolutionp. 106
Final state of the resistive kink modep. 112
Coalescence instabilityp. 114
Pressure-driven instabilitiesp. 118
Interchange and ballooning modesp. 118
Nonlinear evolution of pressure-driven modesp. 125
Finite pressure effects on tearing modesp. 128
Shear flow instabilityp. 129
Shear flow instability in neutral fluidsp. 130
Effect of magnetic field on the Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilityp. 133
Instability of a magnetized jetp. 135
Instability of a resistive current sheetp. 137
Threshold condition for tearing instabilityp. 137
Plasmoidsp. 142
Dynamo theoryp. 145
Kinematic dynamo theoryp. 148
Nonexistence theorems and special dynamo solutionsp. 149
The rope dynamop. 151
Mean-field electrodynamicsp. 153
[alpha superscript 2]- and [alpha Omega]-dynamosp. 155
Free dynamo modesp. 159
Mean-field MHD dynamo theoryp. 161
Nonlinear quenching processes and magnetic buoyancyp. 161
The solar dynamop. 164
MHD theory of thermal convectionp. 168
Thermal convection in a rotating spherep. 168
The self-consistent MHD dynamop. 173
The geodynamop. 179
MHD turbulencep. 182
Homogeneous MHD turbulencep. 182
Selective decay and energy decay lawsp. 184
Spatial scaling propertiesp. 189
Homogenous turbulent dynamop. 197
Noncollisional reconnection processesp. 199
Two-fluid theoryp. 201
High-[beta] whistler-mediated reconnectionp. 206
The EMHD approximationp. 207
Properties of the reconnection regionp. 208
Coalescence of EMHD flux bundlesp. 212
Electron Kelvin--Helmholtz instability of the current layerp. 215
Ion-controlled reconnection dynamicsp. 218
Low-[beta] noncollisional reconnectionp. 221
The four-field and three-field modelsp. 221
Linear stability theoryp. 224
Nonlinear noncollisional kink modep. 229
Electron inertia-dominated reconnectionp. 229
Kinetic Alfven-wave-mediated reconnectionp. 232
Influence of diamagnetic effectsp. 237
Criterion for fast reconnectionp. 239
Sawtooth oscillation in tokamak plasmasp. 241
Basic experimental observationsp. 241
The safety factor profilep. 244
Stabilization and onset of sawtooth oscillationsp. 246
Observations of the collapse dynamicsp. 248
Theoretical interpretation of the sawtooth collapsep. 250
Laboratory reconnection experimentsp. 252
The UCLA magnetic reconnection experimentp. 253
The PPPL magnetic reconnection experimentp. 254
The Tokyo University reconnection experimentp. 256
Microscopic theory of magnetic reconnectionp. 258
Vlasov theory and microinstabilitiesp. 259
Linear Vlasov theoryp. 260
Quasi-linear theoryp. 265
Mode coupling, resonance broadening, and particle trappingp. 268
Turbulent transport coefficientsp. 272
Ion-sound instabilityp. 274
Linear stability characteristicsp. 274
Nonlinear saturation and long-time behaviorp. 278
Lower-hybrid-drift instability (LHDI)p. 285
Whistler anisotropy instabilityp. 292
The collisionless tearing modep. 296
Linear stability theoryp. 298
Nonlinear saturationp. 301
The ion tearing modep. 304
Particle simulation of collisionless reconnectionp. 307
Particle simulation methodsp. 307
Collisionless electron dynamicsp. 310
Collisionless ion dynamicsp. 312
GEM Magnetic Reconnection Challengep. 316
Three-dimensional simulationsp. 318
Magnetospheric substormsp. 320
The structure of the magnetospherep. 321
The solar windp. 321
Magnetopause and bow shockp. 325
The internal structure of the magnetospherep. 329
Magnetospheric convectionp. 333
Magnetopause reconnectionp. 336
Magnetospheric substormsp. 339
Substorm-related observationsp. 340
MHD modeling of substormsp. 343
Collisionless reconnection in the magnetotailp. 350
Nonreconnective substorm modelp. 351
Particle acceleration by magnetotail reconnectionp. 353
Epiloguep. 357
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780521582889
ISBN-10: 0521582881
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 14th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 18.03  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.95

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