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Reconnection Front Associated with Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection: Particle-in-cell Simulations

  • Authors: Liangjin Song, Meng Zhou, Yongyuan Yi, Xiaohua Deng, and Zhihong Zhong

2019 The Astrophysical Journal Letters 881 L22.

  • Provider: AAS Journals

Caption: Figure 1.

Left column shows the results from the asymmetric reconnection, while the right column shows the results from the symmetric reconnection. Color codings in panels (a) and (b) represent Bz, and the superposed black contours are magnetic field lines. The red curves denote the Bx = 0 surface. Panels (c) and (d) show the profiles of Bz along x across the center of the RF at five different instants. The curves in panel (c) are taken at z = 30.10, 30.01, 30.80, 29.93, 29.66di, respectively, due to the weak vertical motion of the Bx = 0 surface in the Z direction, while all the curves in panel (d) are along z = 15di.

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