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Volume 58 Supplement 10

Special Issue: Paleomagnetism and Tectonics in Latinamerica

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


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.


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Umeda, T., Yamazaki, R. Full particle simulation of a perpendicular collisionless shock: A shock-rest-frame model. Earth Planet Sp 58, e41–e44 (2006).

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Key words

  • Collisionless shock
  • particle-in-cell simulation
  • shock rest frame