, Volume 158, Issue 1, pp 119-143
Date: 03 Nov 2010

Electron Physics of Asymmetric Magnetic Field Reconnection

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Abstract

There have been many significant advances in understanding magnetic field reconnection as a result of improved space measurements and two-dimensional computer simulations. While reviews of recent work have tended to focus on symmetric reconnection on ion and larger spatial scales, the present review will focus on asymmetric reconnection and on electron scale physics involving the reconnection site, parallel electric fields, and electron acceleration.