Two-Fluid Theory of Interplanetary Shock Waves

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A 2-fluid time-dependent analytical model of the perturbed solar wind is presented. The expansion of newly emitted material, caused, for instance, by the outburst of a solar flare, is simulated by a spherical piston. For a given thermal conductivity in the limit of strong coupling, one fluid flow in a thermally conducting medium is recovered. A pattern of flow which resembles one-fluid flow in adiabatic medium may be recovered if heat is removed from the perturbed plasma into the propelling plasma. The perturbed flow consists of a thermal precursor which is followed by a shock across which electrons are isothermal while protons are compressed and heated. Finally, we show that the post-shock rise and fall of density cannot be used to distinguish piston-driven waves from blast waves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalSymposium - International Astronomical Union
StatePublished - 1980


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