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ID: 23711.0, MPI für Plasmaphysik / Articles, Books, Inbooks
Three-dimensional particle simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection
Authors:Zeiler, A.; Biskamp, D.; Drake, J. F.; Rogers, B. N.; Shay, M. A.; Scholer, M.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-09
Title of Journal:Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
Journal Abbrev.:J. Geophys. Res-Space Phys.
Volume:107
Issue / Number:A9
Sequence Number of Article:1230
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:[1] Three-dimensional (3-D) particle simulations are performed in a double current layer configuration to investigate the stability of current sheets and boundary layers which develop during magnetic reconnection of antiparallel fields in collisionless plasma. The strong current layers that develop near the x line remain surprisingly laminar, with no evidence of turbulence and associated anomalous resistivity or viscosity. Neither the electron shear flow instabilities nor kink-like instabilities, which have been observed in these current layers in earlier simulations, are present. The sharp boundary layers which form between the inflow and outflow regions downstream of the x line are unstable to the lower hybrid drift instability. The associated fluctuations, however, do not strongly impact the rate of reconnection. As a consequence, magnetic reconnection in the 3-D system remains nearly two dimensional.
Free Keywords:magnetic reconnection instabilities
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Plasmaphysik/Oberflächenphysik
External Affiliations:Univ Maryland, Inst Plasma Res, College Pk, MD 20742 USA; Ctr Interdisciplinary Plasma Sci, Max Planck Inst Extraterr Phys, D-85740 Munich, Germany
Identifiers:ISI:000180343700006
ISSN:0148-0227
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