Magnetic reconnection in two dimensional (2D), collisionless, non-dissipative regimes is investigated analytically and numerically by means of a finite difference code in the nonlinear regime where the island size becomes macroscopic. The cross-shaped structure of the reconnection region, originally reported by Cafaro er nl (1998 Phs. Rev. Lett. 80 20) is analysed as a function of the ratio between the ion sound Larmor radius and the inertial skin depth. This cross shape structure is found to survive in the presence of weak dissipation. Further insight on the quasi-explosive behaviour of the magnetic island width as a function of rime and on the spatial structure of the perturbed current density is provided. We confirm that the amount of reconnected flux becomes of order unity on the time scale of the inverse linear growth rare. Results in the collisionless limit are interpreted on the basis of the Hamiltonian properties of the adopted collisionless, 2D, fluid model. Thus, collisionless reconnection is a fast, non-steady-state process, fundamentally different from 2D resistive magnetic reconnection, of which the Sweet-Parker model is the classic paradigm.

Hamiltonian magnetic reconnection

PEGORARO, FRANCESCO;CALIFANO, FRANCESCO
1999

Abstract

Magnetic reconnection in two dimensional (2D), collisionless, non-dissipative regimes is investigated analytically and numerically by means of a finite difference code in the nonlinear regime where the island size becomes macroscopic. The cross-shaped structure of the reconnection region, originally reported by Cafaro er nl (1998 Phs. Rev. Lett. 80 20) is analysed as a function of the ratio between the ion sound Larmor radius and the inertial skin depth. This cross shape structure is found to survive in the presence of weak dissipation. Further insight on the quasi-explosive behaviour of the magnetic island width as a function of rime and on the spatial structure of the perturbed current density is provided. We confirm that the amount of reconnected flux becomes of order unity on the time scale of the inverse linear growth rare. Results in the collisionless limit are interpreted on the basis of the Hamiltonian properties of the adopted collisionless, 2D, fluid model. Thus, collisionless reconnection is a fast, non-steady-state process, fundamentally different from 2D resistive magnetic reconnection, of which the Sweet-Parker model is the classic paradigm.
Grasso, D; Pegoraro, Francesco; Porcelli, F; Califano, Francesco
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