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Paper: Spontaneous Current Sheet Formation and Break-Up of Magnetic Flux Surfaces
Volume: 415, The Second Hinode Science Meeting: Beyond Discovery-Toward Understanding
Page: 451
Authors: Bhattacharyya, R.; Low, B. C.; Smolarkiewicz, P. K.
Abstract: The dynamics of spontaneous current sheet formation is demonstrated in a viscous, perfectly conducting, incompressible magnetofluid through numerical simulations. The magnetic field is represented in terms of evolving flux surfaces which are the possible sites of current sheet formation. The computation follows global magnetic flux surfaces of simple initial geometry as they deform into more complex forms creating current sheets in the process. Ultimately, the flux surfaces break their initial topology, as the spatial scale of surface folds decreases below the model resolution. This breaking is used to identify the sites of the current sheets formation.
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