Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (Greifswald)
VINETA.II – Fundamental research on magnetic reconnection
Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Teilinstitut Greifswald, Greifswald
SummaryThe experiment VINETA.II is designed for studies of magnetic reconnection. Due to the separation of plasma generation and reconnection drive a high degree of controllability and reproducibility is achieved. Special attention is paid to investigations of the spatial and temporal development of the reconnection current sheet on different scales. On the macroscopic scale the current sheet is mainly influenced by the geometry of the magnetic field. On the microscopic scale the current sheet develops turbulent fluctuations, which characteristics are determined by the electron dynamics.