Nonevolutionary MHD shocks in the solar wind and interstellar medium interaction
N.V. Pogorelov * and
Received 28 May 1999 / Accepted 29 September 1999
We present the study of the solar wind interaction with the super-Alfvénic magnetized interstellar medium in the controversial case when fast magnetosonic shocks are nonevolutionary, while admissible switch-on shocks cannot exist due to geometrical reasons. The flow behaviour and the accompanying shock configuration are investigated both in the two-dimensional axisymmetric and 2.5-dimensional, that is, permitting rotation around the symmetry axis, statements. General questions of the origin of nonevolutionary MHD shocks are discussed.
Key words: Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) shock waves Sun: solar wind ISM: kinematics and dynamics
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Online publication: February 9, 2000