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The Line Tied Reconnection Experiment, a basic plasma physics experimental facility, is a device that has been constructed to study ideal and resistive magneto-hydrodynamic instabilities under variable boundary conditions and equilibria. Past research has investigated the stabilization of resistive wall modes with rotating conducting shells. Current research focuses on the stability of unique line-tied plasma equilibria and reconnection in the non-linear stages of these modes.

LTRX is funded by the Department of Energy, grant DE-FG02-00ER54603, and it's stated goal is the "Experimental Investigation of Reconnection in a Line-tied Plasma".