Space Science Reviews

, Volume 37, Issue 1–2, pp 63–109 | Cite as

Microinstabilities associated with a high Mach number, perpendicular bow shock

  • C. S. Wu
  • D. Winske
  • Y. M. Zhou
  • S. T. Tsai
  • P. Rodriguez
  • M. Tanaka
  • K. Papadopoulos
  • K. Akimoto
  • C. S. Lin
  • M. M. Leroy
  • C. C. Goodrich
Article

Abstract

The instabilities associated with a high Mach number perpendicular shock are reexamined in light of recent enhanced understanding of the Earth's bow shock. The insights provided by both the ISEE observations and hybrid simulations are reviewed and subsequently incorporated into the instability analyses. The discussion of the instabilities is divided according to their location in the shock layer. In the regions in front of and at the shock transition the cross-field instabilities are subdivided into low frequency modes (e.g. ion-ion streaming, kinetic cross-field streaming, drift lower hybrid instabilities) and high frequency modes (electron cyclotron drift, ion sound and electron whistler instabilities). Further downstream various ion ring-like and anisotropy driven instabilities are considered. In each case the instability analysis is reviewed and recent developments are emphasized. Implications of these results concerning the wave signatures and plasma heating and acceleration are also discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Wu
    • 1
  • D. Winske
    • 2
  • Y. M. Zhou
    • 1
    • 3
  • S. T. Tsai
    • 1
    • 3
  • P. Rodriguez
    • 4
  • M. Tanaka
    • 1
  • K. Papadopoulos
    • 2
  • K. Akimoto
    • 2
  • C. S. Lin
    • 5
  • M. M. Leroy
    • 1
    • 6
  • C. C. Goodrich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Physical Science and TechnologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.Institute of PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Naval Research LaboratoryWashington, DCUSA
  5. 5.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  6. 6.Observatoire de ParisDESPAMeudonFrance

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