We measure the thermal electron energization in 1D and 2D particleincell simulations of quasiperpendicular, lowbeta (
We perform particleincell simulations to elucidate the microphysics of relativistic weakly magnetized shocks loaded with electronpositron pairs. Various external magnetizations
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 1716567
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 10368605
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 DOI PREFIX: 10.3847
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 Journal Name:
 The Astrophysical Journal
 Volume:
 933
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 1
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 0004637X
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 Medium: X Size: Article No. 74
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 ["Article No. 74"]
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 National Science Foundation
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