Noncoplanar magnetic field in the collisionless shock front Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract General expression for the noncoplanar component of the magnetic field in the front of the quasi-perpendicular fast collisionless shock is derived from the two-fluid hydrodynamics in the assumptions of (1) stationarity,(2) one-dimensionality, and (3) quasi- neutrality of the shock. The tensorial structure of ion and electron pressure is taken into account. Limits of validity of previously proposed phenomenological expressions are found.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996