Kinetic turbulence in magnetized space plasmas has been extensively studied via in situ observations, numerical simulations, and theoretical models. In this context, a key point concerns the formation of coherent current structures and their disruption through magnetic reconnection. We present automatic techniques aimed at detecting reconnection events in a large data set of numerical simulations. We make use of clustering techniques known as K-means and DBscan (usually referred to in literature as unsupervised machine-learning approaches), and other methods based on thresholds of standard reconnection proxies. All our techniques also use a threshold on the aspect ratio of the regions selected. We test the performance of our algorithms. We propose an optimal aspect ratio to be used in the automated machine-learning algorithm: AR = 18. The performance of the unsupervised approach results in it being strongly competitive with respect to those of other methods based on thresholds of standard reconnection proxies

Detecting Reconnection Events in Kinetic Vlasov Hybrid Simulations Using Clustering Techniques

Sisti, Manuela;Finelli, Francesco;Califano, Francesco;
2021

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Kinetic turbulence in magnetized space plasmas has been extensively studied via in situ observations, numerical simulations, and theoretical models. In this context, a key point concerns the formation of coherent current structures and their disruption through magnetic reconnection. We present automatic techniques aimed at detecting reconnection events in a large data set of numerical simulations. We make use of clustering techniques known as K-means and DBscan (usually referred to in literature as unsupervised machine-learning approaches), and other methods based on thresholds of standard reconnection proxies. All our techniques also use a threshold on the aspect ratio of the regions selected. We test the performance of our algorithms. We propose an optimal aspect ratio to be used in the automated machine-learning algorithm: AR = 18. The performance of the unsupervised approach results in it being strongly competitive with respect to those of other methods based on thresholds of standard reconnection proxies
Sisti, Manuela; Finelli, Francesco; Pedrazzi, Giorgio; Faganello, Matteo; Califano, Francesco; Ponti, Francesca Delli
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