The role of magnetic reconnection on the evolution of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is investigated in a plasma configuration with a velocity shear field. It is shown that the rate at which the large-scale dynamics drives the formation of steep current sheets, leading to the onset of secondary magnetic reconnection instabilities, and the rate at which magnetic reconnection occurs compete in shaping the final state of the plasma configuration. These conclusions are reached within a two-fluid plasma description on the basis of a series of two-dimensional numerical simulations. Special attention is given to the role of the Hall term. In these simulations, the boundary conditions, the symmetry of the initial configuration and the simulation box size have been optimized in order not to affect the evolution of the system artificially.
|Autori:||Faganello M; Califano F; Pegoraro F|
|Titolo:||Being on time in magnetic reconnection|
|Anno del prodotto:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/1367-2630/11/6/063008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|