Collisionless Slowing Down of Nova and Supernova Shells in Magnetized Interstellar Medium
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- Osipyan, D.A., Nersisyan, H.B. & Matevosyan, H.H. Astrophysics (2003) 46: 434. doi:10.1023/B:ASYS.0000003259.36238.29
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The collisionless interaction of an expanding plasma cloud with a magnetized background plasma is examined in the framework of a 3D kinetic-hydrodynamic model. The slowing down of a hydrogen cloud is studied for high Alfven-Mach numbers and magneto-laminar interaction parameters. A particle-in-cell method is used to study the dynamics of the magnetic field, plasma cloud, background plasma, and collisionless shock wave generated by the intense particle flux. A numerical simulation is consistent with the nonstationary interactions between the plasma shells formed during nova and supernova explosions and the interstellar plasma medium.