Journal Article

Relativistic Petschek reconnection with pressure anisotropy in a pair-plasma

J. M. TenBarge, R. D. Hazeltine and S. M. Mahajan

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 403, issue 1, pages 335-341
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.16116.x
Relativistic Petschek reconnection with pressure anisotropy in a pair-plasma

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Reconnection of magnetic field lines for a wide range of parameters in the relativistic regime is considered. A newly developed covariant fluid model for magnetized plasmas, incorporating pressure anisotropy, is used to expand the study of the Petschek-type reconnection in a pair-plasma governed by slow-mode shocks. The plasma parameters are found to be strongly modified by anisotropy on both sides of the shock.

Keywords: magnetic fields; MHD; shock waves

Journal Article.  3024 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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