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Title: Energetic electron acceleration observed by MMS in the vicinity of an X-line crossing

During the first months of observations, the Magnetospheric Multiscale Fly's Eye Energetic Particle Spectrometer instrument has observed several instances of electron acceleration up to >100 keV while in the vicinity of the dayside reconnection region. While particle acceleration associated with magnetic reconnection has been seen to occur up to these energies in the tail region, it had not yet been reported at the magnetopause. This study reports on observations of electron acceleration up to hundreds of keV that were recorded on 19 September 2015 around 1000 UT, in the midst of an X-line crossing. In the region surrounding the X-line, whistler-mode and broadband electrostatic waves were observed simultaneously with the appearance of highly energetic electrons which exhibited significant energization in the perpendicular direction. The mechanisms by which particles may be accelerated via reconnection-related processes are intrinsic to understanding particle dynamics among a wide range of spatial scales and plasma environments.
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  1. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA (United States)
  3. Aalto Univ., Otaniemi (Finland)
  4. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab., Laurel, MD (United States)
  5. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  6. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD (United States)
  7. Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States)
  8. Southwest Research Inst. (SwRI), San Antonio, TX (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276; TRN: US1702885
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
American Geophysical Union
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Heliospheric and Magnetospheric Physics
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