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Title: Asymmetric magnetic reconnection with out-of-plane shear flows in a two dimensional hybrid model

Effects of out-of-plane shear flows on asymmetric magnetic reconnect are investigated in a two-dimensional (2D) hybrid model with an initial Harris sheet equilibrium. It is found that the out-of-plane flow with an in-plane shear can significantly change the asymmetric reconnection process as well as the related geometry. The magnetic flux, out-of-plane magnetic field, in-plane flow vorticity, plasma density, and the reconnection rate are discussed in detail. The results are in comparison with the cases without the shear flows to further understand the effect.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [1]
  1. MOE Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Beams and School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)
  4. State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22410290
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; FLOW MODELS; GEOMETRY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC FLUX; MAGNETIC RECONNECTION; PLASMA DENSITY; SHEAR; TWO-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; VORTICES