MAGNETIC RECONNECTION:

MHD Theory and Applications

by

Eric Priest and Terry Forbes

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The book (600 pages) was published by Cambridge University Press on May18 2000

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ISBN 0 521 48179 1
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Chapters


1. Introduction
1.1 The Origins of Reconnection Theory
1.2 Magnetohydrodynamic Equations
1.3 Null Points and Current Sheets
1.4 The Concepts of Frozen Flux and Field-Line Motion
1.5 MHD Shock Waves
1.6 Classification of Two-Dimensional Reconnection
1.7 Relevance of MHD to Collisionless Systems

2. Current Sheet Formation
2.1 X-Point Collapse
2.2 Current Sheets in Potential Fields
2.3 Current Sheets in Force-Free and Magnetostatic Fields
2.4 Magnetic Relaxation
2.5 Self-Consistent Dynamic Time-Dependent Formation
2.6 Creation of Current Sheets along Separatrices by Shearing
2.7 Braiding by Random Footpoint Motions
2.8 Concluding Comment

3. Magnetic Annihilation
3.1 The Induction Equation
3.2 Stagnation-Point Flow Model
3.3 More General Stagnation-Point Flow Solutions
3.4 Other Time-Dependent Current Sheet Solutions
3.5 Reconnective Annihilation

4. Steady Reconnection: The Classical Solutions
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Sweet-Parker Mechanism
4.3 Petschek's Mechanism: Almost-Uniform, Potential Reconnection
4.4 Early Attempts to Generalise and Analyse Petschek's Mechanism
4.5 Compressibility
4.6 Structure of the Diffusion Region

5. Steady Reconnection: New Generation of Fast Regimes
5.1 Almost-Uniform Non-Potential Reconnection
5.2 Non-Uniform Reconnection
5.3 Linear (Super-Slow) Diffusion and Reconnection
5.4 Related Numerical Experiments
5.5 Conclusions

6. Unsteady Reconnection: The Tearing Mode
6.1 Introduction
6.2 The Tearing Mode Instability Analysis of Furth et al. (1963)
6.3 Modifications of the Basic Tearing Analysis
6.4 Instability of a Magnetic Flux Tube
6.5 Nonlinear Development of Tearing

7. Unsteady Reconnection: Other Approaches
7.1 X-Type Collapse
7.2 Time-Dependent Petschek-Type Reconnection

8. Reconnection in Three Dimensions
8.1 Definition of Reconnection
8.2 Three-Dimensional Null Points
8.3 Local Bifurcations
8.4 Global Magnetic Topology
8.5 Magnetic Helicity
8.6 Reconnection at a Three-Dimensional Null Point
8.7 Quasi-Separatrix Layer Reconnection: Magnetic Flipping
8.8 Numerical Experiments

9. Laboratory Applications
9.1 Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
9.2 Reconnection Experiments

10. Magnetospheric Applications
10.1 Dungey's Model of the Open Magnetosphere
10.2 Dayside Reconnection
10.3 Flux Transfer Events
10.4 Nightside Reconnection
10.5 Magnetospheric Substorms
10.6 Magnetospheres of Other Planets and of Comets

11. Solar Applications
11.1 Large-Scale, Eruptive Phenomena
11.2 Impulsive, Compact Phenomena
11.3 Coronal Heating
11.4 The Outer Corona

12. Astrophysical Applications
12.1 Flare Stars
12.2 Accretion Disks

13. Particle Acceleration
13.1 Direct Acceleration by Electric Fields
13.2 Stochastic Acceleration
13.3 Shock Wave Acceleration
13.4 Particle Acceleration in the Cosmos

References
Appendix 1 - Notation
Appendix 2 - Units
Appendix 3 - Useful Expressions

Index


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