Plasma and Energetic Particle Behaviors During Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection at the Magnetopause
- Reme, H.
- March 6, 2014.
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- Daly, P.W., Wang, Y., Sibeck, D. G., Glassmeier, K.-H., Zhang, H., Zong, Q.-G., Lee, S. H., and Otto, A.
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- The factors controlling asymmetric reconnection and the role of the cold plasma population in the reconnection process are two outstanding questions. We present a case study of multipoint Cluster observations demonstrating that the separatrix and flow boundary angles are greater on the magnetosheath than on the magnetospheric side of the magnetopause, probably due to the stronger density than magnetic field asymmetry at this boundary. The motion of cold plasmaspheric ions entering the reconnection region differs from that of warmer magnetosheath and magnetospheric ions. In contrast to the warmer ions, which are probably accelerated by reconnection in the diffusion region near the subsolar magnetopause, the colder ions are simply entrained by drifts at high latitudes on the recently reconnected magnetic field lines. This indicates that plasmaspheric ions can sometimes play only a very limited role in asymmetric reconnection, in contrast to previous simulation studies. Three cold ion populations (probably H+, He+, and O+) appear in the energy spectrum, consistent with ion acceleration to a common velocity.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20150008405., GSFC-E-DAA-TN22702., and Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics; Volume 119; Issue 3; 1658-1672.
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