Recent Developments in Particle Acceleration at Shocks: Theory and Observations

Silvia Perri, Andrei Bykov, Hans Fahr, Horst Fichtner, Joe Giacalone

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Energetic particles represent an important component of the plasma in the heliosphere. They range from particles accelerated at impulsive events in the solar corona and at large scale structures in the interplanetary medium, to anomalous cosmic rays accelerated at the boundaries of the heliosphere. In-situ satellite observations, numerical simulations and theoretical models have advanced, often in a cooperative way, our knowledge on the acceleration processes involved. In this paper we review recent developments on particle acceleration, with major emphasis on shock acceleration, giving an overview of recent observations at interplanetary shocks and at the termination shock of the solar wind. We discuss their interpretation in terms of analytical models and numerical simulations. The influence of the particle transport properties on the acceleration mechanism will also be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number26
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Energetic particles
  • Shock acceleration
  • Space plasmas
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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