Two-Fluid Models of Magnetic Reconnection

  • Mahboub Hosseinpour

Student thesis: Phd


In highly conductive plasmas described by the ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), magnetic field lines are frozen-in to the plasma. The contrary process takes place when the localized non-ideal and diffusive effects allow the field lines to break and reform, and therefore, called "magnetic reconnection" process. Magnetic reconnection is well recognized as an important plasma process capable of converting enormous amounts of stored magnetic energy to both thermal energy and bulk acceleration of the plasma. Single-fluid MHD model of this process can not explain the rate of magnetic reconnection observed in the space and laboratory plasmas, but the two-fluid model has raised the promises of explaining the magnetic reconnection satisfactorily. This thesis by employing the two-fluid MHD model of the magnetic reconnection studies theoretically this process.
Date of Award1 Aug 2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorGrigory Vekstein (Supervisor)


  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Magnetic reconnection
  • Tearing mode

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