Whitepaper #192 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: ground-based missions/projects; state of the profession; laboratory space plasma physics; […]
Magnetic reconnection underlies many explosive phenomena in heliosphere and across the Universe. New capabilities in simulations, observations, and laboratory experiments provide the opportunity to solve the grand challenges summarized here. Success requires enhanced investments, increased interagency partnerships, and collaborations among heliophysics, astrophysics, and laboratory communities.