Research Division Seminar
Magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas
The phenomenon of magnetic reconnection in a magnetized plasma has been a subject of numerous studies over the past several decades in a variety of contexts, from high energy astrophysics, to solar and space physics, to laboratory-based experiments. However, most magnetic reconnection studies have been devoted to exploring different collisionality regimes in a fully ionized single specie plasma. Until recently, the physics of magnetic reconnection in partially, and weakly, ionized plasmas has received relatively little attention. In this talk, I will provide a brief overview of the physical effects that partial ionization of the ambient medium may introduce in the dynamics of magnetic reconnection, with a particular focus on the environment of the lower solar atmosphere.