Selected problems in collisionless-shock physics

B. Lembege, J. Giacalone, M. Scholer, T. Hada, M. Hoshino, V. Krasnoselskikh, H. Kucharek, P. Savoini, T. Terasawa

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The physics of collisionless shocks is a very broad topic, which has been well studied for many decades. However, there are a number of important issues which remain unresolved. Moreover, there have been new findings, which cast doubt on well-established ideas. The purpose of this review is to address a subset of unresolved problems in collisionless shock physics from a theoretical and/or numerical modeling point of view. The topics which are addressed are: the nonstationarity of the shock front, the heating and dynamics of electrons through the shock layer, particle diffusion in turbulent electric and magnetic fields, particle acceleration, and the interaction of pickup ions with collisionless shocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-226
Number of pages66
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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