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Emergence of MHD structures in a collisionless PIC simulation plasma
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2017 (English)In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 24, no 9, article id 094502Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The expansion of a dense plasma into a dilute plasma across an initially uniform perpendicular magnetic field is followed with a one-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation over magnetohydrodynamics time scales. The dense plasma expands in the form of a fast rarefaction wave. The accelerated dilute plasma becomes separated from the dense plasma by a tangential discontinuity at its back. A fast magnetosonic shock with the Mach number 1.5 forms at its front. Our simulation demonstrates how wave dispersion widens the shock transition layer into a train of nonlinear fast magnetosonic waves.

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AMER INST PHYSICS , 2017. Vol. 24, no 9, article id 094502
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217063DOI: 10.1063/1.4991702ISI: 000412107400120Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85028929013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217063DiVA, id: diva2:1159745
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Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved

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