Three-dimensional magnetic reconnection in particle-in-cell simulations of anisotropic plasma turbulence

  title={Three-dimensional magnetic reconnection in particle-in-cell simulations of anisotropic plasma turbulence},
  author={Jeffersson A. Agudelo Rueda and Daniel Verscharen and Robert T. Wicks and Christopher J. Owen and Georgios Nicolaou and Andrew P. Walsh and Ioannis Zouganelis and Kai Germaschewski and Santiago Vargas Dom{\'i}nguez},
  journal={Journal of Plasma Physics},
We use three-dimensional (3-D) fully kinetic particle-in-cell simulations to study the occurrence of magnetic reconnection in a simulation of decaying turbulence created by anisotropic counter-propagating low-frequency Alfvén waves consistent with critical-balance theory. We observe the formation of small-scale current-density structures such as current filaments and current sheets as well as the formation of magnetic flux ropes as part of the turbulent cascade. The large magnetic structures… 

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