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Dispersive Waves and Magnetic Reconnection. Alex Flanagan (University of Wisconsin) J. F. Drake (UMD), M. Swisdak (UMD). Magnetic Reconnection?. Magnetic energy converted to kinetic and thermal energy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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Dispersive Waves and Magnetic Reconnection
Alex Flanagan (University of Wisconsin)J. F. Drake (UMD), M. Swisdak (UMD)
Magnetic Reconnection?
• Magnetic energy converted to kinetic and thermal energy
• Occurs in solar corona, magnetosphere, laboratory plasma experiments, and even at edge of solar system
Generalized Ohm’s Law
Hall term = whistler wavesElectron pressure gradient = kinetic Alfvén waves
Dispersive WavesLinear waves: Dispersive waves:
Sweet-Parker v Fast Reconnection
Reconnection Rate
Sweet-Parker reconnection:
Fast reconnection:
PIC SimulationsKinetic Particle-in-Cell Simulations
Look for:• Size and scaling of dissipation region• Scaling of reconnection rate• Actual reconnection rate of system
Conclusions
• Magnetic reconnection is fast in parameter regimes where dispersive waves are possible
• There is not a sharp transition between fast and slow reconnection
• The parameters we use are similar to those found in solar wind and solar corona
References• Birn, J. et al “Geospace Environmental Modeling (GEM) Magnetic Reconnection Challenge”
Journal of Geophysical Research (2001)
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• Rodgers, B. “Role of Dispersive Waves in Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection” Physical Review Letters (2001)
• Shay, M. “Two-Scale Structure of the Electron Dissipation Region Collisonless Magnetic Reconnection” Physical Review Letters (2007