Width of the diffusion region δs, and inertial length ds measured at the center of the diffusion region, for ions and electrons. Panels a) are for the simulation with ωce/ωpe = 3, , Tbg = 1.5 × 107 K and BG = 0; panels b) for ωce/ωpe = 6, . The phase between 0 and 18Tpe for panels a) (0 and 33Tpe for panels b) corresponds to times where the tearing instability has not yet started. The decrease in δe between 18 and 20Tpe for a (33 and 37Tpe for b) is the linear and non-linear growth phase of the instability.
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