**Theory of magnetic reconnection in solar and astrophysical plasmas.** / Pontin, D.I.

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Pontin, DI 2012, 'Theory of magnetic reconnection in solar and astrophysical plasmas' *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences*, vol 370, no. 1970, pp. 3169-3192. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2011.0501

Pontin, D. I. (2012). *Theory of magnetic reconnection in solar and astrophysical plasmas*. *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences*, *370*(1970), 3169-3192. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2011.0501

Pontin DI. Theory of magnetic reconnection in solar and astrophysical plasmas. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences. 2012 Jul 13;370(1970):3169-3192. Available from, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2011.0501

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