Magnetic energy determines electron bulk heating
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2013
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 94, Issue 48, page 468, 26 November 2013
How to Cite
2013), Magnetic energy determines electron bulk heating, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(48), 468.(
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2013
- Cited By
- magnetic reconnection;
- electron heating;
- solar wind;
- solar corona
When magnetic field lines interact at the magnetopause—the boundary between the solar magnetic field and the Earth's magnetic field—a process known as magnetic reconnection causes magnetic energy to be converted into kinetic energy and heat. Magnetic reconnection is a collisionless process, and its dynamics are still not fully understood. Past studies of reconnection have produced conflicting findings as to whether, and, if so, how much, reconnection heats electrons. Although reconnection has been found to heat electrons to 10 million kelvins in the Earth's magnetotail, it does not appear to heat electrons in the solar wind.