Reconnection of magnetic fields : magnetohydrodynamics and collisionless theory and observations /

The reconnection of magnetic fields is one of the most fascinating processes in plasma physics, responsible for phenomena such as solar flares and magnetospheric substorms. The concept of reconnection has developed through recent advances in exploring the magnetospheres of the Sun and Earth through...

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Other Authors: Birn, J. (Editor), Priest, E. R. 1943- (Editor)
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Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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