Wave propagation and breaking in multidimensional magnetogasdynamic flows

Levi Lustman*, Nima Geffen

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The theory of shocks evolving from weak discontinuities is applied to magnetogasdynamics and worked out in detail for two situations: a spherical disturbance propagating into a uniform magnetic field, and a planar disturbance propagating in the field of a current-carrying wire. For both cases, shock formation is delayed as the magnetoacoustic speed of propagation approaches the Alfvén speed. This agrees with the fact that Alfvén waves do not steepen to form shocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-645
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1979


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