Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 153, Issue 1, pp 127–142 | Cite as

Acceleration waves, shock formation and stability in a gravitating atmosphere

  • Augusto Muracchini
  • Tommaso Ruggeri


The shock formation in a gravitating atmosphere is studied by following the general nonlinear theory of discontinuity waves. In particular, we perform a discussion on the stability of an isothermal and isoentropic atmosphere and we evaluate, when the shock appears, the critical time and the critical height. Some numerical results for the solar and terrestrial atmospheres are also given.


Atmosphere Critical Time Nonlinear Theory Shock Formation Critical Height 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Augusto Muracchini
    • 1
  • Tommaso Ruggeri
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly

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