Articles | Volume 34, issue 3
Ann. Geophys., 34, 357–367, 2016
Ann. Geophys., 34, 357–367, 2016
Regular paper
24 Mar 2016
Regular paper | 24 Mar 2016

Spatial dimensions of the electron diffusion region in anti-parallel magnetic reconnection

Takuma Nakamura et al.

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Short summary
Short summary
Magnetic reconnection is a key process in space and laboratory plasmas which transfers energies through the magnetic field topology change. The topology change in this process takes place in a small scale region called the electron diffusion region (EDR). In this paper, using high-resolution fully kinetic simulations, we successfully obtained the firm scaling laws of spatial dimensions of the EDR. The obtained scalings allow us to precisely predict observable dimensions of the EDR in real space.