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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 6.

Panels (a) and (b) display the time variation of vix at the RF. Panels (c) and (d) display the magnetic field Bz (color codings) in the XZ plane. The superposed black curves denote the magnetic field lines, and the red arrows denote the ion flow vectors, the length of which is proportional to the flow speed. The left (right) column shows the results from the asymmetric (symmetric) reconnection.