Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 121–124, 2002
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-9-121-2002

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

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 121–124, 2002
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-9-121-2002

  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.