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Fast compression of a current sheet during externally driven magnetic reconnection

Earth, Planets and Space201453:BF03353264

Received: 20 June 2000

Accepted: 28 February 2001

Published: 26 June 2014


Magnetic reconnection of two toroidal plasmas with arbitrary q values revealed a dependence of sheet-current dissipation and ion heating on ion-gyromotion. Effective sheet-current resistivity was found to increase significantly, when an external force compressed the current sheet shorter than the ion-gyroradius, and both the reconnection speed and ion temperature increased with decreasing current sheet width and with increasing ion-gyroradius.