Rankine-Hugoniot relations for shocks with demagnetized ions

M. Gedalin, M. Balikhin

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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