Measurement of Lower-Hybrid Drift Turbulence in a Reconnecting Current Sheet

T. A. Carter, H. Ji, F. Trintchouk, M. Yamada, R. M. Kulsrud

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We present a detailed study of fluctuations in a laboratory current sheet undergoing magnetic reconnection. The measurements reveal the presence of lower-hybrid-frequency-range fluctuations on the edge of current sheets produced in the magnetic reconnection experiment (MRX). The measured fluctuation characteristics are consistent with theoretical predictions for the lower-hybrid drift instability (LHDI). Our observations suggest that the LHDI turbulence alone cannot explain the observed fast reconnection rate in MRX.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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