Tearing Instability of Reconnecting Current Layers
The tearing instability can play a significant role in reconnecting current layers, but it is well stabilized in many cases of interest. For this reason, quasi-stationary current layers can exist for a long time in astrophysical plasma, for example in the solar corona, in the Earth magnetospheric tail.
KeywordsDispersion Relation Kinetic Approach Current Layer Magnetic Island Plasma Drift
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