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The role of the magnetosonic Mach number on the evolution of Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 13 February 2013
We review the main results of our previous works, in which we have investigated the development of the Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability in the transitional regime from sub-magnetosonic to super-magnetosonic by varying the solar wind velocity, in conditions typical of those observed at the Earth’s magnetopause flanks. In super-magnetosonic regimes, we show that the vortices produced by the development of the KH instability act as an obstacle in the plasma flow and may generate quasi-perpendicular magnetosonic shock structures extending well outside the region of velocity shear.
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- European Astronomical Society Publications Series , Volume 58: ECLA - European Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics , 2012 , pp. 91 - 94
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