Radiative Shocks in Astrophysics and the Laboratory

Author: Drake, R.

Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 298, Numbers 1-2, July 2005 , pp. 49-59(11)

Publisher: Springer

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This paper explores the variations in radiative shock behavior originating from the properties of the system containing the shock. Specifically, the optical depth of the upstream region and the downstream region both affect the behavior of radiative shocks. Optically thick systems such as stellar interiors or supernovae permit only limited shock-induced increases in density. At the other limit, the radiation and shock dynamics in optically thin systems permits the post-shock density to reach arbitrarily large values. The theory of the shock structure is summarized for systems in which the upstream region is optically thin, common to some astrophysical systems and a number of experiments.

Keywords: laboratory astrophysics; radiative shock waves; shock waves

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10509-005-3911-7

Affiliations: Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Email: rpdrake@umich.edu

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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