Accession Number : AD0717186

Title :   Simple Waves in Collisionless Interplanetary Plasma Governed by Chew-Goldberger-Low.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Sielawa,J. T. ; Ong,R. S. B.

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 291

Abstract : The nonlinear propagation and steepening of waves in a collision-free plasma described by the Chew-Goldberger-Low (CGL) equations are investigated. The steepening characteristics as a function of the angle which the wave vector makes with the magnetic field are completely determined. It is also shown how condensation waves steepen into shock waves. The significant difference between the steepening process of these waves in collision-free plasmas and collision dominated MHD is discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA MEDIUM, WAVE PROPAGATION), (*SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), SOLAR WIND, INTERSTELLAR MATTER, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, SHOCK WAVES, SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, SOUNDING ROCKETS, POLARIZATION

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE