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Title: Very High Mach-Number Electrostatic Shocks in Collisionless Plasmas

Abstract

The kinetic theory of collisionless electrostatic shocks resulting from the collision of plasma slabs with different temperatures and densities is presented. The theoretical results are confirmed by self-consistent particle-in-cell simulations, revealing the formation and stable propagation of electrostatic shocks with very high Mach numbers (M>>10), well above the predictions of the classical theories for electrostatic shocks.

Authors:
; ; ;  [1]
  1. GoLP/Centro de Fisica dos Plasmas, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20777012
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.045005; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; COLLISIONLESS PLASMA; MACH NUMBER; PLASMA DENSITY; PLASMA SIMULATION; SHOCK WAVES

Citation Formats

Sorasio, G., Marti, M., Fonseca, R., and Silva, L.O.. Very High Mach-Number Electrostatic Shocks in Collisionless Plasmas. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.045005.
Sorasio, G., Marti, M., Fonseca, R., & Silva, L.O.. Very High Mach-Number Electrostatic Shocks in Collisionless Plasmas. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.045005.
Sorasio, G., Marti, M., Fonseca, R., and Silva, L.O.. Fri . "Very High Mach-Number Electrostatic Shocks in Collisionless Plasmas". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.045005.
@article{osti_20777012,
title = {Very High Mach-Number Electrostatic Shocks in Collisionless Plasmas},
author = {Sorasio, G. and Marti, M. and Fonseca, R. and Silva, L.O.},
abstractNote = {The kinetic theory of collisionless electrostatic shocks resulting from the collision of plasma slabs with different temperatures and densities is presented. The theoretical results are confirmed by self-consistent particle-in-cell simulations, revealing the formation and stable propagation of electrostatic shocks with very high Mach numbers (M>>10), well above the predictions of the classical theories for electrostatic shocks.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.045005},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 4,
volume = 96,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Feb 03 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Fri Feb 03 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}