A well-known Taylor problem in the theory of forced magnetic reconnection is investigated in the framework of the Hall-Magnetohydrodynamics. In the first part of the paper, we deal with the linear theory of the Hall-mediated forced reconnection. Then, in the second part, these results are used for demonstrating how the secondary tearing (plasmoid) instability can develop in the course of this process.
Copyright 2017 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and AIP Publishing.The following article appeared in (Physics of Plasmas. v.24, 2017, p.102116) and may be found at (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4996982).