An improved ten-moment closure for reconnection and instabilities

Jonathan Ng, A. Hakim, L. Wang, A. Bhattacharjee

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The integration of kinetic effects in fluid models is important for global simulations of Earth's magnetosphere. The use of the two-fluid ten-moment model, which includes the pressure tensor for both species, has had some success in simulating Ganymede and Mercury with a simple closure model. We discuss a heat flux closure which accounts for some limitations of the earlier work while remaining computationally tractable. Comparisons with kinetic simulations for magnetic reconnection and lower-hybrid drift instabilities show good agreement with kinetic results and improvements on previous closure models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number082106
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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