TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 53 (No. 6), pp. 561-564, 2001

Magnetic reconnection and relaxation phenomena in Spherical Tokamak

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.

Corresponding author E-mail: Hayashi@nifs.ac.jp

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