Particle Acceleration in Current Layers

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 341)


The inductive electric field is directed along the current inside a collisionless reconnecting current layer (RCL). This strong field does positive work on charged particles, thus increasing their energy impulsively, for example, in solar flares of flares in the accretion disk coronae of compact astrophysical objects.


Particle Motion Particle Acceleration Magnetic Reconnection Current Layer Electron Acceleration 


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