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Author Comisso, L.; Asenjo, F.A.
Title Thermal-Inertial Effects on Magnetic Reconnection in Relativistic Pair Plasmas Type
Year 2014 Publication Physical Review Letters Abbreviated Journal (up) Phys. Rev. Lett.
Volume 113 Issue 4 Pages 5 pp
Abstract The magnetic reconnection process is studied in relativistic pair plasmas when the thermal and inertial properties of the magnetohydrodynamical fluid are included. We find that in both Sweet-Parker and Petschek relativistic scenarios there is an increase of the reconnection rate owing to the thermal-inertial effects, both satisfying causality. To characterize the new effects we define a thermal-inertial number which is independent of the relativistic Lundquist number, implying that reconnection can be achieved even for vanishing resistivity as a result of only thermal-inertial effects. The current model has fundamental importance for relativistic collisionless reconnection, as it constitutes the simplest way to get reconnection rates faster than those accessible with the sole resistivity.
Address [Comisso, Luca] Politecn Torino, Dipartimento Energia, I-10129 Turin, Italy, Email: luca.comisso@polito.it;
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Publisher Amer Physical Soc Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
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Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 0031-9007 ISBN Medium
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000339620300007 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 393
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