Khabibrakhmanov, IK; Coates, AJ; Galinsky, VL; (1991) Singularities in mass-loaded MHD flow: The cometary bow shock. Geophysical Research Letters , 18 (8) 1509 - 1512. 10.1029/91GL01560.
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We present a one-dimensional model of the mass-loading of the solar wind by cometary ions which predicts a singularity in the mass-loaded flow at M = 2. Further, a subshock occurs when the flow speed reaches M almost-equal-to 1.15. The shape of the cometary bow shock in two dimensions is predicted, by requiring that the flow Mach number of the shock is 2 taking the velocity component normal to the shock surface. The Mach number results compare favourably with observations at comet Halley.
|Title:||Singularities in mass-loaded MHD flow: The cometary bow shock|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|Additional information:||Copyright 1991 by the American Geophysical Union|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Space and Climate Physics|
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