Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 121–124, 2002

Special issue: Theory and simulation of Solar System Plasmas, No. 3

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 121–124, 2002

  30 Apr 2002

30 Apr 2002

Particle acceleration in tangential discontinuities by lower hybrid waves

D. Spicer1, R. Bingham2,3, J. Huba4, and V. D. Shapiro5 D. Spicer et al.
  • 1Code 930, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, UK
  • 2Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK
  • 3Dept. Physics and Applied Physics, University of Strathclyde, 104 RottonRow, Glasgow, G4 0NG, UK
  • 4Beam Physics Branch, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20735, USA
  • 5Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92091, USA

Abstract. We consider the role that the lower-hybrid wave turbulence plays in providing the necessary resistivity at collisionless reconnection sights. The mechanism for generating the waves is considered to be the lower-hybrid drift instability. We find that the level of the wave amplitude is sufficient enough to heat and accelerate both electrons and ions.