Multipoint Measurements of the Electron Jet of Symmetric Magnetic Reconnection with a Moderate Guide Field.

Academic Article


  • We report observations from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellites of the electron jet in a symmetric magnetic reconnection event with moderate guide field. All four spacecraft sampled the ion diffusion region and observed the electron exhaust. The observations suggest that the presence of the guide field leads to an asymmetric Hall field, which results in an electron jet skewed towards the separatrix with a nonzero component along the magnetic field. The jet appears in conjunction with a spatially and temporally persistent parallel electric field ranging from -3 to -5  mV/m, which led to dissipation on the order of 8  nW/m^{3}. The parallel electric field heats electrons that drift through it, and is associated with a streaming instability and electron phase space holes.
  • Authors

  • Wilder, FD
  • Ergun, RE
  • Eriksson, S
  • Phan, TD
  • Burch, JL
  • Ahmadi, N
  • Goodrich, KA
  • Newman, DL
  • Trattner, KJ
  • Torbert, Roy
  • Giles, BL
  • Strangeway, RJ
  • Magnes, W
  • Lindqvist, P-A
  • Khotyaintsev, Yu-V
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • June 30, 2017
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 28707935
  • Start Page

  • 265101
  • Volume

  • 118
  • Issue

  • 26