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  Three-dimensional particle simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection

Zeiler, A., Biskamp, D., Drake, J. F., Rogers, B. N., Shay, M. A., & Scholer, M. (2002). Three-dimensional particle simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection. Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 107(A9): 1230.

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Zeiler, A.1, Author              
Biskamp, D.2, Author              
Drake, J. F.3, Author
Rogers, B. N.3, Author
Shay, M. A.3, Author
Scholer, M.1, Author              
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1Surface Science (OP), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Society, ou_1856288              
2External Organizations, ou_persistent22              
3Univ Maryland, Inst Plasma Res, College Pk, MD 20742 USA; Ctr Interdisciplinary Plasma Sci, Max Planck Inst Extraterr Phys, D-85740 Munich, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: [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.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2002-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: eDoc: 23711
ISI: 000180343700006
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Title: Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
  Alternative Title : J. Geophys. Res-Space Phys.
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 107 (A9) Sequence Number: 1230 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0148-0227