Observational Evidence of Magnetic Reconnection in the Terrestrial Foreshock Region

  title={Observational Evidence of Magnetic Reconnection in the Terrestrial Foreshock Region},
  author={K. Jiang and S. Y. Huang and H. S. Fu and Z. G. Yuan and Xiaohua Deng and Z. Wang and Z. Z. Guo and S. B. Xu and Y. Y. Wei and J. Zhang and Z. Zhang and Q. Y. Xiong and L. Yu},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Electron heating/acceleration in the foreshock, by which electrons may be energized beyond thermal energies prior to encountering the bow shock, is very important for the bow shock dynamics. And then these electrons would be more easily injected into a process like diffusive shock acceleration. Many mechanisms have been proposed to explain electrons heating/acceleration in the foreshock. Magnetic reconnection is one possible candidate. Taking advantage of the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission… 

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