Prof. Alex Lazarian (UW-)
Magnetic reconnection in realistically turbulent astrophysical environments does not depend on electric conductivity of plasma, but instead is controlled by the degree of turbulent stochasticity of magnetic field lines. Such a reconnection can induce the first order Fermi acceleration of energetic particles. I will show that this acceleration is different in 2D and 3D reconnection with 3D reconnection being more efficient in the particle acceleration. I shall discuss the importance of plasma effect both for magnetic reconnection and for particle acceleration.