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Reconnecting Magnetic Field Lines

Reconnecting Magnetic Field Lines

Date: 03 February 2005
Satellite: Cluster
Depicts: Magnetic field lines during reconnection
Copyright: Center for Visual computing, University of California Riverside

In a plasma, during magnetic reconnection, magnetic field lines of opposite direction break and then reconnect, forming an X-line magnetic topology. The newly reconnected field lines accelerate the plasma away from the X-line.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
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