Title: New role of the lower-hybrid drift instability in the magnetic reconnection
Authors: Ricci, P ×
Brackbill, JU
Daughton, W
Lapenta, Giovanni #
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Amer inst physics
Series Title: Physics of plasmas vol:12 issue:5
Article number: 055901
Abstract: Kinetic simulation results reveal that the growth of the lower-hybrid drift instability (LHDI) in current sheets has an important effect on the onset and nonlinear development of magnetic reconnection. The LHDI does this by heating electrons anisotropically, by increasing the peak current density, by producing current bifurcation, and by causing ion velocity shear. The role of these in magnetic reconnection is explained. Confidence in the results is strongly enhanced by agreement between implicit and massively-parallel-explicit particle-in-cell simulations. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.
ISSN: 1070-664X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Plasma-astrophysics Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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