Nonlinear breaking of waves in an electrically conducting and radiating gas

  • Radhe Shyam
  • V. D. Sharma
Original Papers


The effects of radiative transfer are treated by the use of a differential approximation which is valid over the entire optical depth range from the transparent limit to the optically thick limit. The singular surface theory is used to determine the modes of wave propagation and to evaluate the behaviour at the wave head. It is shown that there are two modes of wave propagation namely (i) the radiation induced waves which are always damped, and (ii) the modified magnetogasdynamic waves which break at the wave front if the initial discontinuity is sufficiently strong. The effects of thermal radiation, the magnetic field intensity, the finite electrical conductivity and the initial wave front curvature on the non-linear breaking of modified magnetogasdynamic waves are discussed.


Wave Propagation Radiative Transfer Optical Depth Magnetic Field Intensity Initial Wave 


Der Einfluß der Strahlung wird mit Hilfe von Differential-Näherungen behandelt, die im ganzen Bereich von optischen Tiefen Gültigkeit haben, von der Transparenz bis zur optisch dicken Grenze. Die Theorie singulärer Flächen wird benützt um die Wellenausbreitung und das Verhalten an der Wellenfront zu behandeln. Es wird gezeigt, daß es zwei Formen von Wellenausbreitung gibt, nämlich (i) Wellen erzeugt durch Strahlung, die immer gedämpft sind, und (ii) die modifizierte magnetogasdynamische Welle, die an der Front immer bricht, wenn die ursprüngliche Diskontinuität stark genug ist. Es werden die Einflüsse der Wärmestrahlung, der magnetischen Feldstärke, der endlichen elektrischen Leitfähigkeit und der ursprünglichen Wellenkrümmung auf die nicht-lineare Frontbildung untersucht.


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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Radhe Shyam
    • 1
  • V. D. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Applied Sciences, Institute of TechnologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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