Hodographic approach for determining spacecraft trajectories throughmagnetic reconnection diffusion regions
We develop an algorithm that finds a trajectory through simulations of magnetic reconnection along which input Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft observations are matched. Using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of asymmetric reconnection, the method is applied to a magnetopause electron diffusion region (EDR) encountered by the MMS spacecraft to facilitate interpretation of the event based on fully kinetic models. The recently discovered crescent-shaped electron velocity distributions measured by MMS in the EDR are consistent with simulation distributions at the corresponding time along the computed trajectory.
Geophysical Research Letters
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Shuster, J. R.; Argall, M. R.; Torbert, R. B.; Chen, L. -J.; Farrugia, C. J.; Alm, L.; Wang, S.; Daughton, W.; Gershman, D. J.; Giles, B. L.; Russell, C. T.; Burch, J. L.; Pollock, C. J. (2017). Hodographic approach for determining spacecraft trajectories throughmagnetic reconnection diffusion regions, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS. Vol. 44, No. 4, 1625-1633. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL072570