Numerical simulation of ion dynamics in the magnetotail magnetic turbulence: On collisionless conductivity
- 1Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria, I-87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
- 2Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, A. Kazbegi str. 2a, 380060 Tbilisi, Georgia
- 3Space Research Institute, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117810 Moscow, Russia
- *Also at: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia, Unità di Cosenza, Italy
Abstract. The ion dynamics in the distant Earth's magnetotail is studied in the case that a cross tail electric field and reconnection parity magnetic turbulence are present in the neutral sheet. A test particle simulation is performed for the ions, and moments of the ion distribution function are obtained as a function of the magnetic fluctuation level, δB/B0, and of the value of the cross tail electric field, Ey. It is found that magnetic turbulence can split the current carrying region into a double current sheet, in agreement with inferences from observations in the distant magnetotail. The problem of ion conductivity is addressed by varying the value of the cross tail electric field from zero to the observed one: we find that Ohm's law is not enforced, and that a non local, system dependent conductivity is necessary to describe the ion response to the electric field. Also, it appears that the relation between current and electric field may be nonlinear.