Study of particle acceleration during reconnection via TS-4 particle trajectory simulations

Patrick Copinger, Michiaki Inomoto, Toru Ii, Akihiro Kuwahata, Yoshinori Hayashi, Yasushi Ono

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Abstract

Particle trajectory calculations were conducted based on TS-4 magnetic probe data in the R-Z plane assuming axisymmetry. An acceleration mechanism for electrons trapped in a merging Spheromak during the formation of a FRC that is causally connected to the out of plane E φ field during reconnection is found. The energy profile resembles a stair step like motion as the electron is accelerated from the reconnection E field on multiple passes confined to constant magnetic field lines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials
Volume132
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • FRC
  • Magnetic reconnection
  • Particle acceleration
  • Plasma simulation
  • Spheromak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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