Observation of ion acceleration and heating during collisionless magnetic reconnection in a laboratory plasma

Jongsoo Yoo, Masaaki Yamada, Hantao Ji, Clayton E. Myers

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

39 Scopus citations

Abstract

The ion dynamics in a collisionless magnetic reconnection layer are studied in a laboratory plasma. The measured in-plane plasma potential profile, which is established by electrons accelerated around the electron diffusion region, shows a saddle-shaped structure that is wider and deeper towards the outflow direction. This potential structure ballistically accelerates ions near the separatrices toward the outflow direction. Ions are heated as they travel into the high-pressure downstream region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number215007
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume110
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - May 24 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Observation of ion acceleration and heating during collisionless magnetic reconnection in a laboratory plasma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this