Energy budgets in collisionless magnetic reconnection: Ion heating and bulk acceleration

Energy budgets in collisionless magnetic reconnection: Ion heating and bulk acceleration (ADS Link, DOI) Aunai, N.; Belmont, G.; Smets, R. This paper investigates the energy transfer in the process of collisionless antiparallel magnetic reconnection. Using two-dimensional hybrid simulations, we measure the increase of the bulk and thermal kinetic energies and compare it to the loss of magnetic energy through a contour surrounding the ion decoupling region. It is shown, for both symmetric and asymmetric configurations, that the loss of magnetic energy is not equally partitioned between heating and acceleration. The heating is found to be dominant and the partition ratio depends on the asymptotic parameters, and future investigations will be needed to understand this dependence.