Preface.- The Diffusion Region in Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection.- Understanding the Dynamics of Magnetic Reconnection Layer.- Magnetic Reconnection in Extreme Astrophysical Environments.- Observed Aspects of Reconnection in Solar Eruptions.- Properties of Near-Earth Magnetic Reconnection from In-Situ Observations.- Reconnection and Waves: A Review with a Perspective.- Who Needs Turbulence? A Review of Turbulence Effects in the Heliosphere and on the Fundamental Process of Reconnection.
Examines the fundamental plasma-physical process of magnetic reconnection from an interdisciplinary perspective, reviewing recent reconnection research in the fields of solar and space physics, astrophysics, and laboratory plasma physics
Presents both theoretical and observational results relating to key questions in reconnection research
Discusses the phenomenon of reconnection in extreme astrophysical environments as well as in the more familiar magnetospheric, solar, and laboratory plasma environments