Shock Waves in Plasmas

  • D. A. Frank-Kamenetskii


Supersonic flow in a nonconducting fluid can give rise to shock waves, i.e., surfaces at which the pressure, density, and stream velocity change abruptly over a short distance. This distance, i.e., the front thickness of the shock wave, is determined by dissipative processes such as viscosity and thermal conductivity. In a gas the thickness of the shock front is of the order of a mean free path.


Shock Wave Free Path Shock Front Supersonic Flow Cold Plasma 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Frank-Kamenetskii
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  1. 1.Kurchatov Institute of Atomic EnergyAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowRussia

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