The formation of a relativistic planar plasma shock
2008 (English)In: 35th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics,2008, Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008, Vol. 32F, O5.067- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The shock is considered that develops, when two plasma clouds collide at the speed 0.9 c. Initially, an almost flow-aligned magnetic field is introduced, which decreases the growth rates of the oblique mixed mode instability and of the filamentation instability. A 2D PIC simulation demonstrates that a planar, electromagnetic wave structure is growing that amplifies the magnetic field component orthogonal to the flow velocity vector. The formation of the forward and reverse shocks is followed with a 1D PIC simulation and it is shown that an energy equi-partition is established downstream between the ions, the electrons and the magnetic field.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008. Vol. 32F, O5.067- p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42641Local ID: 67320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42641DiVA: diva2:263498