10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
[PEM17-05] A scaling model for plasmoid-dominated turbulent reconnection
Keywords:Magnetic reconnection, Magnetohydrodynamics, Turbulence, Compressible fluid
Traditionally, theories on Sweet--Parker and plasmoid-dominated reconnections assume the incompressibility for simplicity. Meanwhile, much less attention has been paid to the compressible fluid effects. In a compressible plasma, the typical Alfven speed approaches or exceeds the local sound speed, and then various characteristic features appear. In addition, we expect a highly compressible plasma in solar coronal environments. Thus, it is very important to explore the role of the plasma compressibility in plasmoid-dominated reconnection.
In our previous contribution in the JpGU 2016 meeting, we presented several MHD simulations on plasmoid-dominated reconnection. We found that the reconnection rate increases for compressible parameters. In this contribution, we will propose a simple scaling model for the reconnection rate. Carrying out MHD runs in the 2-D parameter space, we will validate our prediction. New features on the onset of plasmoid-dominated reconnection will also be presented.