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Abstract

It is shown that Petschek - type models of fast magnetic reconnection are not valid in the limit of small resistivity owing to the properties of the diffusion region. Since the structure of this region does not permit a high outflow speed, the reconnection rate is strongly dependent on the resistivity and, in general, quite small.

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Authors: BISKAMP D MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY), MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, 8046 GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY), MENTIONING REPORT IPP 6/231, 1983
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