Articles | Volume 39, issue 1
Regular paper
28 Jan 2021
Regular paper |  | 28 Jan 2021

Vlasov simulation of electrons in the context of hybrid global models: an eVlasiator approach

Markus Battarbee, Thiago Brito, Markku Alho, Yann Pfau-Kempf, Maxime Grandin, Urs Ganse, Konstantinos Papadakis, Andreas Johlander, Lucile Turc, Maxime Dubart, and Minna Palmroth

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Cited articles

Akhavan-Tafti, M., Palmroth, M., Slavin, J. A., Battarbee, M., Ganse, U., Grandin, M., Le, G., Gershman, D. J., Eastwood, J. P., and Stawarz, J. E.: Comparative Analysis of the Vlasiator Simulations and MMS Observations of Multiple X-Line Reconnection and Flux Transfer Events, J. Geophys. Res.-Space, 125, e2019JA027410,, 2020. a
Artemyev, A. V., Baumjohann, W., Petrukovich, A. A., Nakamura, R., Dandouras, I., and Fazakerley, A.: Proton/electron temperature ratio in the magnetotail, Ann. Geophys., 29, 2253–2257,, 2011. a
Artemyev, A. V., Petrukovich, A. A., Nakamura, R., and Zelenyi, L. M.: Profiles of electron temperature and Bz along Earth's magnetotail, Ann. Geophys., 31, 1109–1114,, 2013. a
Artemyev, A. V., Walsh, A. P., Petrukovich, A. A., Baumjohann, W., Nakamura, R., and Fazakerley, A. N.: Electron pitch angle/energy distribution in the magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res.-Space, 119, 7214–7227,, 2014. a
Artemyev, A. V., Angelopoulos, V., Liu, J., and Runov, A.: Electron currents supporting the near-Earth magnetotail during current sheet thinning, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 5–11,, 2017. a
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We investigate local acceleration dynamics of electrons with a new numerical simulation method, which is an extension of a world-leading kinetic plasma simulation. We describe how large supercomputer simulations can be used to initialize the electron simulations and show numerical stability for the electron method. We show that features of our simulated electrons match observations from Earth's magnetic tail region.