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Full particle simulation of a perpendicular collisionless shock: A shock-rest-frame model

Earth, Planets and Space200658:BF03352617

Received: 26 May 2006

Accepted: 25 July 2006

Published: 13 October 2006


The full kinetic dynamics of a perpendicular collisionless shock is studied by means of a one-dimensional electromagnetic full particle simulation. The present simulation domain is taken in the shock rest frame in contrast to the previous full particle simulations of shocks. Preliminary results show that the downstream state falls into a unique cyclic reformation state for a given set of upstream parameters through the self-consistent kinetic processes.

Key words

Collisionless shockparticle-in-cell simulationshock rest frame