Reversal of magnetic field rotation in the reconnection layer due to shear flow effects

Xiaoxia Sun, Yu Lin & Xiaogang Wang
We investigate the effects of shear flows on the so-called component reconnection, in which the guide field B-y not equal 0, by solving a one-dimensional Riemann problem for magnetopause reconnection using a resistive MHD simulation. Specifically, we consider the existence of a shear flow perpendicular to the antiparallel magnetic field B-z, while a finite shear flow tangential to B-z may also be present. In the cases without a magnetosheath flow and having thus a sheared...
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