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Magnetic reconnection and relaxation phenomena in Spherical Tokamak

Earth, Planets and Space201453:BF03353270

DOI: 10.1186/BF03353270

Received: 14 June 2000

Accepted: 28 February 2001

Published: 26 June 2014


Reconnection is a transient process in essence, and causality is a key point in dealing with reconnection. The driven concept came from this viewpoint. Computer simulation is a powerful tool to understand the overall processes in a self-consistent manner. One example of global scale nonlinear processes observed in laboratory plasmas, where the driven magnetic reconnection plays important roles, is described.