Earth Planets Space, Vol. 53 (No. 6), pp. 561-564, 2001
Takaya Hayashi, Naoki Mizuguchi, and Tetsuya Sato
National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292, Japan
(Received June 14, 2000; Revised February 15, 2001; Accepted February 28, 2001)
Abstract: Reconnection is a transient process in essence, and causality is a key point in dealing with reconnection. The driven concept came from this viewpoint. Computer simulation is a powerful tool to understand the overall processes in a self-consistent manner. One example of global scale nonlinear processes observed in laboratory plasmas, where the driven magnetic reconnection plays important roles, is described.