Magnetic reconnection (henceforth called "reconnection") refers to the breaking and reconnecting of oppositely directed magnetic field lines in a plasma. In the process, magnetic field energy is converted to plasma kinetic and thermal energy.
Magnetic reconnection News
Three teams led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have won major blocks of time on two of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
More than 70 researchers from around the world gathered at Princeton University May 23-25 for the 2012 U.S.-Japan Workshop on Magnetic Reconnection. PPPL physicist Hantao Ji chaired the international workshop, which was the twelfth since 1998 and the third to be held at Princeton.