Kinematic magnetic reconnection at 3D null points

D. I. Pontin, G. Hornig, E. R. Priest

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    Magnetic reconnection at a three-dimensional null point is the natural extension of the familiar two-dimensional X-point reconnection. Three dimensional null points are found in abundance in the solar corona, where they are thought to be an important feature with regards to the coronal heating problem. A model is set up here for reconnection at a 3D magnetic null point, by solving the kinematic, steady, resistive MHD equations in its vicinity. A steady magnetic field is assumed, as well as the existence of a localised diffusion region surrounding the null point. Particular attention is focused on the way that the magnetic flux changes its connections as a result of the reconnection process. The nature of the flows and the reconnection is found to be fundamentally different depending on the orientation of the electric current.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication Proceedings of the SOHO 15 Workshop, Coronal Heating, 6-9 September 2004, St Andrews, Scotland
    EditorsR. W. Walsh, J. Ireland, D. Danesy, B. Fleck
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventSOHO 15 Workshop, Coronal Heating - St Andrews, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sep 20049 Sep 2004


    WorkshopSOHO 15 Workshop, Coronal Heating
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CitySt Andrews


    • Magnetic reconnection
    • Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
    • Magnetic null points
    • MHD


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