Collisionless relaxation of downstream ion distributions in low-Mach number shocks Academic Article uri icon


  • Collisionlessly formed downstream distributions of ions in low-Mach number shocks are studied. General expressions for the asymptotic value of the ion density and pressure are derived for the directly transmitted ions. An analytical approximation for the overshoot strength is suggested for the low-β case. Spatial damping scale of the downstream magnetic oscillations is estimated.

publication date

  • January 1, 2015