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Relativistic Asymmetric Reconnection

@inproceedings{Mbarek2021RelativisticAR,
  title={Relativistic Asymmetric Reconnection},
  author={Rostom Mbarek and Colby Haggerty and Lorenzo Sironi and Michael A. Shay and Damiano Caprioli},
  year={2021}
}
We derive basic scaling equations for relativistic magnetic reconnection in the general case of asymmetric inflow conditions and obtain predictions for the outflow Lorentz factor and the reconnection rate. Kinetic Particle-in-Cell simulations show that the outflow speeds as well as the non-thermal spectral index are constrained by the inflowing plasma with the weaker magnetic energy per particle, in agreement with the scaling predictions. These results have important implications for non… Expand

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