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Title: On the relationship between quadrupolar magnetic field and collisionless reconnection

Using hybrid simulations, we investigate the onset of fast reconnection between two cylindrical magnetic shells initially close to each other. This initial state mimics the plasma structure in High Energy Density Plasmas induced by a laser-target interaction and the associated self-generated magnetic field. We clearly observe that the classical quadrupolar structure of the out-of-plane magnetic field appears prior to the reconnection onset. Furthermore, a parametric study reveals that, with a non-coplanar initial magnetic topology, the reconnection onset is delayed and possibly suppressed. The relation between the out-of-plane magnetic field and the out-of-plane electric field is discussed.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. LPP, University P. and M. Curie, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau (France)
  2. IRAP, University Paul Sabatier, F-31028 Toulouse (France)
  3. CEA/DAM, DIF, F-91297 Arpajon (France)
  4. LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, University P. and M. Curie, F-91128 Palaiseau (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299960
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ENERGY DENSITY; LASER TARGETS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS; PLASMA; PLASMA SIMULATION; TOPOLOGY