Accession Number : AD0274693

Title :   ON THE STRUCTURE OF STRONG PLASMA SHOCK WAVES IN A TRANSVERSE MAGNETIC FIELD

Corporate Author : DEPUTY COMMANDER AEROSPACE SYSTEMS INGLEWOOD CALIF

Personal Author(s) : COMISAR,G.G.

Report Date : 15 FEB 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The structure of a plane stationary shock wave in a plasma with a transverse magnetic field is explored by using the restricted variational principle of Rosen to evaluate the adjustable factors of Mott-Smith's bimodal representation for the ion and electron distribution functions. The resulting solutions, in the strong shock limit, indicate that the particle number densities are essentially those of the nonmagnetic case, and that the transverse magnetic field departs considerably from the usual frozen-in field profile, due to the local dissipative effects of electrical conductivity. (Author)

Descriptors :   DENSITY, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, ELECTRONS, EQUATIONS, FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS, GAS DISCHARGES, HYDRODYNAMICS, IONS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, PARTICLES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE