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Collisionless magnetic reconnection in regimes where the mode structure is characterised by global convection cells is found to exhibit a quasi-explosive time behaviour in the early nonlinear stage where the fluid displacement is smaller than the equilibrium scale length. This process is accompanied by the formation of a current density sub-layer narrower than the skin depth. This sublayer continues to shrink with time.

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Authors: OTTAVIANI M, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB);PORCELLI F, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: JET-P(93)66 EN (1993) 12 pp.
Availability: Available from the Publications Officer, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 3EA (GB)
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