Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-17-2003

Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Abstract

The growth of magnetic islands is explored using the magnetohydrodynamic model in a simple slab system in which the value of the tearing mode stability parameter Δ′ can be varied continuously. Unless the system is close to marginal stability reconnection is controlled by Sweet-Parker current layers, whose formation is a consequence of the inherent singular structure of magnetic island equilibria.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.125002

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