Progress and perspectives of collisionless shock physics Conference Paper uri icon


  • The last decade brought substantial progress in understanding of shock physics, due to the extensive analysis of the previously collected data, numerical simulations, and theoretical work as well. Yet a number of problems remained unresolved, partially because of the lack of ability to compare directly with observations due to essentially single-point nature of measurements. With the beginning of the Cluster operation new high hopes are related to the expectations the eventually we have the tool to resolve three-dimensional structure and to separate temporal and spatial variations. This has already resulted in the renewed interest in shock physics. Among the central problems that should and apparently will be attacked are: inhomogeneity and nonstationarity of the shock front, fine structure, small-scale electric fields, intimate relation between the electromagnetic fields in the shock and …

publication date

  • January 1, 2002