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  • Open Access

Chaotic reconnection due to fast mixing of vortex-current filaments

Earth, Planets and Space201453:BF03353280

  • Received: 19 May 2000
  • Accepted: 28 February 2001
  • Published:


We propose a new reconnection mechanism “chaotic reconnection”. A basic mechanism of the chaotic reconnection is examined by means of numerical simulations of collision between two vortex-current filaments. The term “reconnection” means a reconnection of the filaments. We conclude that thle chaotic process works to enhance the reconnection rate of the filaments. We shall propose a similar chaotic process as a candidate for the mechanism of the fast magnetic reconnection.


  • Lyapunov Exponent
  • Magnetic Reconnection
  • Dissipation Process
  • Diffusion Region
  • Reconnection Rate