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Magnetic Reconnection

Null point

The reordering of field lines during magnetic reconnection plays an important part in many astrophysical and terrestrial plasma phenomena. Satellite measurements of a so-called null point during magnetic reconnection should help refine theoretical models of this process.

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Figure 1: Structure and flow (red) of field lines (blue) during magnetic reconnection in 2D.


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Finn, J. Null point. Nature Phys 2, 445–446 (2006).

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