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Title: The extent of power-law energy spectra in collisionless relativistic magnetic reconnection in pair plasma

Abstract

Using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we characterize the energy spectra of particles accelerated by relativistic magnetic reconnection (without guide field) in collisionless electron–positron plasmas, for a wide range of upstream magnetizations σ and system sizes L. The particle spectra are well-represented by a power law $${\gamma }^{-\alpha }$$, with a combination of exponential and super-exponential high-energy cutoffs, proportional to σ and L, respectively. As a result, for large L and σ, the power-law index α approaches about 1.2.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
  3. Univ. of Colorado and National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Colorado and National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP)
OSTI Identifier:
1261075
Report Number(s):
SLAC-PUB-16599
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-8213; arXiv:1409.8262
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal. Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 816; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-8213
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; astrophysics; ASTRO; acceleration of particles; galaxies: jets; gamma-ray burst: general; magnetic reconnection; pulsars: general; relativistic processes

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Werner, G. R., Uzdensky, D. A., Cerutti, B., Nalewajko, K., and Begelman, M. C. The extent of power-law energy spectra in collisionless relativistic magnetic reconnection in pair plasma. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L8.
Werner, G. R., Uzdensky, D. A., Cerutti, B., Nalewajko, K., & Begelman, M. C. The extent of power-law energy spectra in collisionless relativistic magnetic reconnection in pair plasma. United States. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L8
Werner, G. R., Uzdensky, D. A., Cerutti, B., Nalewajko, K., and Begelman, M. C. Wed . "The extent of power-law energy spectra in collisionless relativistic magnetic reconnection in pair plasma". United States. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L8. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1261075.
@article{osti_1261075,
title = {The extent of power-law energy spectra in collisionless relativistic magnetic reconnection in pair plasma},
author = {Werner, G. R. and Uzdensky, D. A. and Cerutti, B. and Nalewajko, K. and Begelman, M. C.},
abstractNote = {Using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we characterize the energy spectra of particles accelerated by relativistic magnetic reconnection (without guide field) in collisionless electron–positron plasmas, for a wide range of upstream magnetizations σ and system sizes L. The particle spectra are well-represented by a power law ${\gamma }^{-\alpha }$, with a combination of exponential and super-exponential high-energy cutoffs, proportional to σ and L, respectively. As a result, for large L and σ, the power-law index α approaches about 1.2.},
doi = {10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L8},
journal = {The Astrophysical Journal. Letters},
number = 1,
volume = 816,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {12}
}

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