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Collisionless shock and supernova remnant simulations on VULCAN

Woolsey, N.C., Abou Ali, Y., Evans, R.G., Grundy, R.A.D., Pestehe, S.J., Carolan, P.G., Conway, N.J., Dendy, R.O., Helander, P., McClements, G., Kirk, J.G., Norreys, P.A., Notley, M.M. and Rose, S.J. (2001) Collisionless shock and supernova remnant simulations on VULCAN. Physics of Plasmas, 8 (5). pp. 2439-2445. ISSN 1070-664X

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The VULCAN [C. N. Danson et al., Opt. Commun. 103, 392 (1993)] laser at the UK Central Laser Facility is being used for laboratory-based simulations of collisionless shocks. By ensuring that key dimensionless parameters in the experiments have values similar to those of supernova remnants (SNRs), the hydrodynamics and magnetic field of the experiment are scaled to those of a SNR. This makes it possible to investigate experimentally the physics of collisionless magnetized shocks in such objects. The experiments are providing data against which to test current theory. Collisionless shock formation and the interaction of two counterpropagating colliding plasmas permeated by a strong magnetic field are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Physics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2009 10:01
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2009 10:01
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1351831
Status: Published
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Identification Number: 10.1063/1.1351831
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7274

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