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Paper: Reconnection Diffusion and Star Formation Processes
Volume: 429, Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, Astronum-2009
Page: 113
Authors: Lazarian, A.; Santos-Lima, R.; de Gouveia Dal Pino, E.
Abstract: The diffusion of astrophysical magnetic fields in conducting fluids in the presence of turbulence depends on whether magnetic fields can change their topology or reconnect in highly conducting media. Recent progress in understanding fast magnetic reconnection in the presence of turbulence is reassuring that the magnetic field behavior in computer simulations and turbulent astrophysical environments is similar, as far as the magnetic reconnection is concerned. This makes it meaningful to perform MHD simulations of turbulent flows in order to understand the diffusion of magnetic field in astrophysical environments. These simulations support the concept of reconnection diffusion, which describes the ability of magnetic fields to get removed from magnetized clouds and cores in the process of star formation.
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