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On the instability of a quasiequilibrium current sheet and the onset of impulsive bursty reconnection


Skender, Marina; Lapenta, Giovanni
On the instability of a quasiequilibrium current sheet and the onset of impulsive bursty reconnection // Physics of plasmas, 17 (2010), 2; 022905-1 doi:10.1063/1.3299326 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
On the instability of a quasiequilibrium current sheet and the onset of impulsive bursty reconnection

Autori
Skender, Marina ; Lapenta, Giovanni

Izvornik
Physics of plasmas (1070-664X) 17 (2010), 2; 022905-1

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Magnetic reconnection; plasma instability; plasma magnetohydrodynamics

Sažetak
A two-dimensional reconnecting current sheet is studied numerically in the magnetohydrodynamic approach. Different simulation setups are employed in order to follow the evolution of the formed current sheet in diverse configurations: two types of initial equilibria, Harris and force-free, two types of boundary conditions, periodic and open, with uniform and nonuniform grid set, respectively. All the simulated cases are found to exhibit qualitatively the same behavior in which a current sheet evolves slowly through a series of quasiequilibria ; eventually it fragments and enters a phase of fast impulsive bursty reconnection. In order to gain more insight on the nature and characteristics of the instability taking place, physical characteristics of the simulated current sheet are related to its geometrical properties. At the adopted Lundquist number of S=104 and Reynolds number R=104, the ratio of the length to width (aspect ratio) of the formed current sheet is observed to increase slowly in time up to a maximum value at which it fragments. Moreover, additional turbulence applied to the system is shown to exhibit the same qualitative steps, but with the sooner onset of the fragmentation and at smaller aspect ratio.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Fizika



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Autor s matičnim brojem:
Marina Skender, (236684)

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  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus


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