The interplay of magnetically-dominated turbulence and magnetic reconnection in producing nonthermal particles

Luca Comisso & Lorenzo Sironi
By means of fully-kinetic particle-in-cell simulations, we have investigated the interplay between turbulence and reconnection in generating nonthermal particles in magnetically-dominated pair plasmas. A generic by-product of turbulence with spontaneous formation of reconnecting current sheets is the generation of an extended nonthermal particle spectrum with a power-law energy range. The features of the particle energy spectrum and the physics of the particle acceleration mechanisms can be found in Comisso and Sironi, "The interplay of magnetically-dominated...
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