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Yi, L., Shen, B., Pukhov, A. och Fülöp, T. (2017) *Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab*.

** BibTeX **

@unpublished{

Yi2017,

author={Yi, Longqing and Shen, B and Pukhov, A and Fülöp, Tünde},

title={Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab},

abstract={Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental plasma process associated with conversion of the embedded magnetic field energy into kinetic and thermal plasma energy, via bulk acceleration and Ohmic dissipation. In many high-energy astrophysical events, magnetic reconnection is invoked to explain the non-thermal signatures. However, the processes by which field energy is transferred to the plasma to power the observed emission are still not properly understood. Here, via 3D particle-in-cell simulations of a readily available (TW-mJ-class) laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab, we show that when the electron beams excited on both sides of the slab approach the end of the plasma structure, ultrafast relativistic magnetic reconnection occurs in a magnetically-dominated (low-β) plasma. The resulting efficient particle acceleration leads to the emission of relativistic electron jets with cut-off energy ∼ 12 MeV. The proposed scenario can significantly improve understanding of fundamental questions such as reconnection rate, field dissipation and particle acceleration in relativistic magnetic reconnection.},

year={2017},

note={10},

}

** RefWorks **

RT Unpublished Material

SR Electronic

ID 251790

A1 Yi, Longqing

A1 Shen, B

A1 Pukhov, A

A1 Fülöp, Tünde

T1 Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab

YR 2017

AB Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental plasma process associated with conversion of the embedded magnetic field energy into kinetic and thermal plasma energy, via bulk acceleration and Ohmic dissipation. In many high-energy astrophysical events, magnetic reconnection is invoked to explain the non-thermal signatures. However, the processes by which field energy is transferred to the plasma to power the observed emission are still not properly understood. Here, via 3D particle-in-cell simulations of a readily available (TW-mJ-class) laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab, we show that when the electron beams excited on both sides of the slab approach the end of the plasma structure, ultrafast relativistic magnetic reconnection occurs in a magnetically-dominated (low-β) plasma. The resulting efficient particle acceleration leads to the emission of relativistic electron jets with cut-off energy ∼ 12 MeV. The proposed scenario can significantly improve understanding of fundamental questions such as reconnection rate, field dissipation and particle acceleration in relativistic magnetic reconnection.

LA eng

LK https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.07676

OL 30