On the 3-D structure and dissipation of reconnection-driven flow bursts

@inproceedings{Drake2014OnT3,
  title={On the 3-D structure and dissipation of reconnection-driven flow bursts},
  author={James F. Drake and Michael Marchand Swisdak and Paul Adam Cassak and Thu D. Phan},
  year={2014}
}
The structure of magnetic reconnection-driven outflows and their dissipation are explored with 3-D particle-in-cell simulations. Outflow jets resulting from 3-D reconnection with a finite length x-line form fronts as they propagate into the downstream medium. A large pressure increase ahead of this “reconnection jet front” (RJF) due to reflected ions slows the front so that its velocity is well below that of the ambient ions in the core of the jet. As a result, the RJF slows and diverts the… CONTINUE READING