Research CommentariesPlasma Physics

Connecting Again with Magnetic Reconnection

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1488-1489
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1488

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Summary

Magnetic reconnection is the process whereby Earth's magnetic field interacts with interplanetary fields, and the mechanism by which energy can be transferred from one to the other. It also figures in many spectacular phenomena in the solar system, such as solar flares. In their research commentary, Kulsrud, Tang, and Yamada describe results presented at a recent workshop on reconnection in which new data and theoretical developments were presented.