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Chaotic reconnection due to fast mixing of vortex-current filaments

Earth, Planets and Space201453:BF03353280

Received: 19 May 2000

Accepted: 28 February 2001

Published: 26 June 2014


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.