Relativistic magnetic reconnection in collisionless ion-electron plasmas explored with particle-in-cell simulations

@article{Melzani2014RelativisticMR,
  title={Relativistic magnetic reconnection in collisionless ion-electron plasmas explored with particle-in-cell simulations},
  author={Mickael Melzani and Rolf Walder and Doris Folini and Christophe Winisdoerffer and Jean M. Favre},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2014},
  volume={570}
}
Magnetic reconnection is a leading mechanism for magnetic energy conversion and high-energy non-thermal particle production in a variety of high-energy astrophysical objects, including ones with relativistic ion-electron plasmas (e.g., microquasars or AGNs) - a regime where first principle studies are scarce. We present 2D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of low $\beta$ ion-electron plasmas under relativistic conditions, i.e., with inflow magnetic energy exceeding the plasma rest-mass energy… 

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