Spatial and temporal plasma evolutions of magnetic reconnection in laser produced plasmas

N. Khasanah, C. W. Peng, C. H. Chen, T. Y. Huang, N. Bolouki, T. Moritaka, Y. Hara, H. Shimogawara, T. Sano, Y. Sakawa, Y. Sato, K. Tomita, K. Uchino, S. Matsukiyo, Y. Shoji, S. Tomita, S. Tomiya, R. Yamazaki, M. Koenig, Y. Kuramitsu

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Magnetic reconnection is experimentally investigated in laser produced plasmas. By irradiating a solid target with a high-power laser beam, a magnetic bubble is generated due to the Biermann effect. When two laser beams with finite focal spot displacements are utilized, two magnetic bubbles are generated, and the magnetic reconnection can take place. We measure the spatial and temporal plasma evolutions with optical diagnostics using framing camera. We observed the plasma jets, which are considered to be reconnection out flows. Spatial and temporal scales of the plasma jets are much larger than those of laser. The magnetic reconnection time has been estimated from the expansion velocity, which is consistent with the Sweet-Parker model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalHigh Energy Density Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1


  • Laboratory astrophysics
  • Laser
  • Magnetic reconnection
  • Plasma


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