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The formation of a relativistic planar plasma shock
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Visual Information Technology and Applications (VITA). Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Institute of Theoretical Physics IV Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
Cosmic Physics Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland.
2008 (English)In: 35th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics,2008, Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008, Vol. 32F, O5.067- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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. 

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Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008. Vol. 32F, O5.067- p.
Keyword [en]
plasma physics
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42641Local ID: 67320OAI: diva2:263498
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-04

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