Boosting Magnetic Reconnection by Viscosity and Thermal Conduction

26 Jul 2016 Minoshima Takashi Miyoshi Takahiro Imada Shinsuke

Nonlinear evolution of magnetic reconnection is investigated by means of magnetohydrodynamic simulations including uniform resistivity, uniform viscosity, and anisotropic thermal conduction. When viscosity exceeds resistivity (the magnetic Prandtl number Prm > 1), the viscous dissipation dominates outflow dynamics and leads to the decrease in the plasma density inside a current sheet... (read more)

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  • SPACE PHYSICS
  • EARTH AND PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS
  • PLASMA PHYSICS