Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 379–390 | Cite as

The motion of the cylindrical-symmetrical relativistic shock wave in the presence of an axial magnetic field

  • Shi Chang Chun


Some observed astrophysical phenomena, such as the blast of a supernova, suggest the necessity to study the motion of shock waves in a relativistic fluid flow in the presence of a magnetic field. This paper deals with the motion of a special relativistic shock wave which propagates from the center line outwardly after an explosion with the assumption that the magnetic field which has an axial component only. Similarity solutions which depend on the parameter ξ=r/t are constructed. Two special cases are then studied in detail. In the first case, there is an ultrarelativistic fluid in front of the shock and in the second case, there is a cold fluid in front of the shock.


Magnetic Field Shock Wave Fluid Flow Center Line Similarity Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shi Chang Chun
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  1. 1.Department of MechanicsPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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