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Three-dimensional evolution of the fast reconnection mechanism in a force-free current sheet
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Image of FIG. 1.
FIG. 1.

Temporal variations in the electric field for different values of with .

Image of FIG. 2.
FIG. 2.

Temporal variations in at for different values of with .

Image of FIG. 3.
FIG. 3.

(Upper) Magnetic field lines passing through the - and -axes at time for the case of and ; (lower) magnetic field lines and plasma flow vectors projected onto the plane, where the boundary of the diffusion region , the backward end of the plasmoid , and the plasmoid center are indicated.

Image of FIG. 4.
FIG. 4.

Same as Fig. 3, but at time .

Image of FIG. 5.
FIG. 5.

-directional profiles of , , , and at the locations of , , and at time ( and ).

Image of FIG. 6.
FIG. 6.

Distributions of plasma pressure in the plane at different times with the contour interval of 0.12 ( and ), where the locations of the plasmoid backward end and the plasmoid center are indicated at and 66.

Image of FIG. 7.
FIG. 7.

Profiles of plasma pressure along the -axis at different times ( and ).

Image of FIG. 8.
FIG. 8.

Profiles of , , , and along the -axis at times and 66, where , , and indicate, respectively, the diffusion region boundary, the backward end of the plasmoid, and the plasmoid center ( and ).

Image of FIG. 9.
FIG. 9.

Distributions of (contour interval of 0.1), where indicates the maximum value, (contour interval of 0.07), where and indicate the negative and positive values, respectively, and with contour interval of 0.1 at time in the plane, where and indicate the plasmoid backward end and the plasmoid center, respectively ( and ).

Image of FIG. 10.
FIG. 10.

Same as Fig. 9, but at .

Image of FIG. 11.
FIG. 11.

Distributions of the magnetic field component (contour interval of 0.07) at in the and planes, where and indicate the positive and negative values, respectively ( and ).

Image of FIG. 12.
FIG. 12.

Plasma flow vectors and plasma pressure distributions (contour interval of 0.08) in the and 1.8 planes at , where indicates the location where has the peak value ( and ).

Image of FIG. 13.
FIG. 13.

Schematic of the sheared field lines (solid lines) and the plasmoid cross section denoted by in the plane at a fixed location of for the cases (a) and , and (b) and .

Image of FIG. 14.
FIG. 14.

Satellite (GEOTAIL) observations of magnetic fields of a plasmoid in the aberrated GSM coordinates, where the corresponding magnetic field components for the present numerical coordinate system are shown in parentheses, and indicates the plasmoid center [after Ieda et al. (Ref. 27)].

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