Particle acceleration at collisionless shocks: An overview

G. P. Zank, Gang Li, G. M. Webb, J. A. Le Roux, V. Florinski, X. Ao, W. K. M. Rice

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Abstract

An overview of shock acceleration is presented, focusing primarily on interplanetary shocks and the termination shock as examples. An extended discussion of recent advances in modeling real solar energetic particle (SEP) and energetic storm particle (ESP) events is presented. When the energy of accelerated particles becomes very large, their back reaction on the flow can result in a shock that is significantly mediated, and as an example, we consider some results for the termination shock.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTHE PHYSICS OF COLLISIONLESS SHOCKS
Subtitle of host publication4th Annual IGPP International Astrophysics Conference
PublisherAIP PRESS
Pages170-179
Volume781
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2005

Keywords

  • shock waves
  • acceleration
  • interplanetary matter
  • solar cosmic ray particles
  • Planetary bow shocks
  • interplanetary shocks
  • Particle acceleration

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