This Special Topic highlights new understandings of the plasma physics learned from Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) investigations. We welcome observational, theoretical and computational papers based on the unique capabilities of the MMS spacecraft and instruments, including the small-scale three-dimensional structure and dynamics of magnetic reconnection, the processes that energize particles, and the development of understanding that contributes to prediction and govern space weather.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- The plasma physics regulating the rate and cause of reconnection observed by MMS
- The 3D structure of the electron diffusion region
- The role of plasma turbulence in the reconnection observed by MMS
- Acceleration of particles during reconnection
- The interconnection of small scales to large scale dynamics
- Novel instruments with application in the study of heliospheric plasma
Julia Stawarz, Imperial College London
Kevin Genestreti, Southwest Research Institute
Manuscripts considered for publication in the Physics of Plasmas are expected to meet the journal’s standard of acceptance: to report on original and timely results that significantly advance understanding in observational, computational, and theoretical plasma physics. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in this Special Topic must meet the same criteria and will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editorial Team of the Physics of Plasmas will issue final decisions on the submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts will publish in an issue after acceptance and collected together with a Preface prepared by the Guest Editors to highlight this important and timely area. For more information on the journal’s editorial policies, please click here.
Manuscripts must be submitted through the Physics of Plasmas’ online submission system (PXP). Please select the Special Topic “Plasma Physics from MMS” to submit your manuscript for consideration in this Special Topic.