A non-linear thermal wave in a reacting medium

Philip Rosenau*

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Explicit examples are constructed of an impulsively initiated thermal wave in a reacting medium, with the volumetric heating and absorption being non-linear functions of the temperature-a typical situation in plasma physics. The different patterns of propagation exhibit, among other things, an unlimited outward motion, an extinction through shrinking within a finite time or an oscillatory motion. In addition it is also possible to generate a stationary thermal wave which has a finite width.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1982
Externally publishedYes


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