Magnetic reconnection (graduate course)

The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

Time: 2023, January - April

Credit points: 8 hp (ECTS)

Prerequisites: basic course on plasma physics

Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University

This course covers the theory of Magnetic Reconnection in plasma and it's applications. A particular focus is on the space observations and numerical simulations of magnetic reconnection.

Literature: In addition to lecture notes the course will be based on the book:
Biskamp, Dieter 2000, Magnetic reconnection in plasmas, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000 xiv, 387 p. Cambridge monographs on plasma physics, vol. 3, ISBN 0521582881 Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas.


Yuri Khotyaintsev, Stefano Markidis.


Part 1 - basics

1. Current sheets, MHD discontinuities

2. Frozen in condition, topology, magnetic energy

3. 2D steady reconnection Sweet-Parker

4. 2D steady Petchek

5. 2-Fluid Hall reconnection

6. Asymmetric reconnection

7. Guide-field reconnection, 3D reconnection

8. Energy conversion (E*J, Poynting FLux, heating)

9. Turbulent reconnection and reconnection in turbulence

10. Miniexam

Part 2 - Reconnection applications

1. Solar Corona and astro

2. Lab

Part 3 - Lab

1. PIC Simulations

2. Reconnection identification in spacecraft data: Vallén test, MVA, D-shaped ion distributions

Earlier courses

The course has been given earlier 2020, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2003.

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