A set of reduced Hall magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations are used to evaluate the stability of large aspect ratio current sheets to the formation of plasmoids (secondary islands). Reconnection is driven by resistivity in this analysis, which occurs at the resistive skin depth , where SL is the Lundquist number, L, the length of the current sheet, νA, the Alfvén speed, and γ, the growth rate. Modifications to a recent resistive MHD analysis [N. F. Loureiro et al., Phys. Plasmas 14, 100703 (2007)] arise when collisions are sufficiently weak that dη is shorter than the ion skin depth di ≡ c/ωpi. Secondary islands grow faster in this Hall MHD regime: the maximum growth rate scales as and the number of plasmoids as , compared to and S3/8, respectively, in resistive MHD.
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Research Article| September 15 2011
Hall magnetohydrodynamic reconnection in the plasmoid unstable regime
S. D. Baalrud;
S. D. Baalrud, A. Bhattacharjee, Y.-M. Huang, K. Germaschewski; Hall magnetohydrodynamic reconnection in the plasmoid unstable regime. Phys. Plasmas 1 September 2011; 18 (9): 092108. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3633473
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