Particle acceleration in tangential discontinuities by lower hybrid waves

Spicer, D. and Bingham, R. and Huba, J. and Shapiro, V. D. (2002) Particle acceleration in tangential discontinuities by lower hybrid waves. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 9 (2). pp. 121-124. ISSN 1023-5809

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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.