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A Lagrangian kinetic model for collisionless magnetic reconnection

By Cesare Tronci


A new fully kinetic system is proposed for modeling collisionless magnetic reconnection. The formulation relies on fundamental principles in Lagrangian dynamics, in which the inertia of the electron mean flow is neglected in the expression of the Lagrangian, rather then enforcing a zero electron mass in the equations of motion. This is done upon splitting the electron velocity into its mean and fluctuating parts, so that the latter naturally produce the corresponding pressure tensor. The model exhibits a new Coriolis force term, which emerges from a change of frame in the electron dynamics. Then, if the electron heat flux is neglected, the strong electron magnetization limit yields a hybrid model, in which the electron pressure tensor is frozen into the electron mean velocity.Comment: 15 pages, no figures. To Appear in Plasma Phys. Control. Fusio

Topics: Physics - Plasma Physics, Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0741-3335/55/3/035001
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