Rankine-Hugoniot relations for shocks with demagnetized ions Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The width of a quasi-perpendicular collisionless shock front is smaller than the convective ion gyroradius so that ions become demagnetized in the ramp. An approach is proposed for derivation of approximate expressions for the magnetic compression ratio and cross-shock potential from the analysis of the ion motion across the ramp and pressure balance condition, without making assumptions about the ion equation of state. The cross- shock potential and magnetic compression ratio are found as functions of the Mach number for low-Mach-number perpendicular shocks.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008