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Title: Enhanced electron mixing and heating in 3-D asymmetric reconnection at the Earth's magnetopause

Here, electron heating and mixing during asymmetric reconnection are studied with a 3-D kinetic simulation that matches plasma parameters from Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft observations of a magnetopause diffusion region. The mixing and heating are strongly enhanced across the magnetospheric separatrix compared to a 2-D simulation. The transport of particles across the separatrix in 3-D is attributed to lower hybrid drift turbulence excited at the steep density gradient near the magnetopause. In the 3-D simulation (and not the 2-D simulation), the electron temperature parallel to the magnetic field within the mixing layer is significantly higher than its upstream value in agreement with the MMS observations.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States); NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)
  3. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276; TRN: US1702888
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; SC0016278
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
American Geophysical Union
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
Country of Publication:
United States
58 GEOSCIENCES; Heliospheric and Magnetospheric Physics; magnetic reconnection; magnetopause; magnetosphere
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1402345