Solar Physics

, Volume 226, Issue 1, pp 73–95 | Cite as

Electron Acceleration in Reconnecting Current Sheets

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Abstract

We present the results of charged particle orbit calculations in prescribed electric and magnetic fields motivated by magnetic reconnection models. Due to the presence of a strong guide field, the particle orbits can be calculated in the guiding centre approximation. The electromagnetic fields are chosen to resemble a reconnecting magnetic current sheet with a localised reconnection region. An initially Maxwellian distribution function in the inflow region can develop a beam-like component in the outflow region. Possible implications of these findings for acceleration scenarios in solar flares will be discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsU.K.

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