July 27, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Nordita, Stockholm
Europe/Stockholm timezone

How far are we from complete understanding of the reconnection process?

Aug 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
FD5 (Nordita, Stockholm)


Nordita, Stockholm

Keynote Workshop, August 10-14 Morning V


Dr Vadim Roytershteyn


Recent simulations have revealed complex details of magnetic reconnection than on the first glance bring into question many established concepts in magnetic reconnection. As an example, it is not clear whether the concept of the diffusion region, a theoretical construct deeply ingrained into all things reconnection, can be usefully extended to 3D reconnection. At the same time, the vast majority of the existing work and comparison with experimental/observational data are conducted within the confines of simplified models. In this talk, we review the current state of the art, and pose some of the key outstanding problems in reconnection. In addition, we outline a roadmap to achieve true closure, and assess the degree to which the traditional concepts can be usefully deployed/extended and the areas in which they need to be abandoned.

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