Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM06] Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission -- A new age of magnetospheric physics

Tue. May 24, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 103 (1F)

Convener:*Seiji Zenitani(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Naritoshi Kitamura(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Yoshifumi Saito(Solar System Science Division, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Paul Cassak(West Virginia University), Li-Jen Chen(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Craig Pollock(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Chair:Mitsuo Oka(University of California Berkeley), Seiji Zenitani(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

[PEM06-06] The Electron Diffusion Region in Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection with Guide Fields

★Invited papers

*Michael Hesse1, Yi-Hsin Liu1, Li-Jen Chen1, Naoki Bessho1, James L. Burch3, Joachim Birn2 (1.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 2.Space Science Institute and Los Alamos National Lab, 3.Southwest Research Institute)

Keywords:Magnetospheric Multiscale, Magnetic reconnection, Magnetopause

The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is leading to a revolution in our understanding of the way magnetic reconnection works. During the first orbit phases, MMS science focuses on asymmetric reconnection, as is commonly found at the Earth’s magnetopause. MMS observations have begun to support the view that reconnection operates primarily as a quasi-laminar process, supporting one class of theoretical predictions and a number of concurrent simulations. In this presentation, we present a detailed look at model predictions pertaining to asymmetric magnetic reconnection with a guide magnetic field, and we present a comparison to recent MMS observations.