Magnetosphere of Earth: Bow Shock

Astronomy and Astrophysics – Astrophysics

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Earth, Earth'S Magnetosphere

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The bow shock (figure 1) is the nonlinear wave which stands in the SOLAR WIND flow upstream of the Earth's magnetosphere, at which the solar wind plasma is heated and decelerated in preparation for diversion around the magnetosphere. The dissipation processes at the shock depend on the properties of a collisionless plasma and lead to a rich range of energetic particles and plasma waves....

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