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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(2): 025203    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/2/025203

Out-of-plane shear flow effects on fast magnetic reconnection in a two-dimensional hybrid simulation model

Wang Lin (王琳)a b, Wang Xian-Qu (王先驱)c, Wang Xiao-Gang (王晓钢)c, Liu Yue (刘悦)a
a MOE Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Beams and School of Physics & Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China;
b School of Information Science & Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116034, China;
c State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics & Technology and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Abstract  The effects of out-of-plane shear flows on fast magnetic reconnection are numerically investigated by a two-dimensional (2D) hybrid model in an initial Harris sheet equilibrium with flows. The equilibrium and driven shear flows out of the 2D reconnection plane with symmetric and antisymmetric profiles respectively are used in the simulation. It is found that the out-of-plane flows with shears in-plane can change the quadrupolar structure of the out-of-plane magnetic field and, therefore, modify the growth rate of magnetic reconnection. Furthermore, the driven flow varying along the anti-parallel magnetic field can either enhance or reduce the reconnection rate as the direction of flow changes. Secondary islands are also generated in the process with converting the initial X-point into an O-point.
Keywords:  out-of-plane magnetic field      shear flow      magnetic reconnection      Hall effects  
Received:  30 May 2013      Revised:  04 July 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  52.35.Vd (Magnetic reconnection)  
  52.30.-q (Plasma dynamics and flow)  
  94.30.-d (Physics of the magnetosphere)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10935004, 1126114032, 10778613, 10575018, 40731056, 10975012, and 11261140326).
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Xiao-Gang     E-mail:
About author:  52.35.Vd; 52.30.-q; 94.30.-d;

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Wang Lin (王琳), Wang Xian-Qu (王先驱), Wang Xiao-Gang (王晓钢), Liu Yue (刘悦) Out-of-plane shear flow effects on fast magnetic reconnection in a two-dimensional hybrid simulation model 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 025203

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