Planetary bow shocks: Gasdynamic analytic approach

M. Verigin, J. Slavin, A. Szabo, T. Gombosi, G. Kotova, O. Plochova, K. Szegö, M. Tátrallyay, K. Kabin, F. Shugaev

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A new analytical model of the bow shock surface is suggested for reasonably accurate and fast prediction of this boundary's position near obstacles of different shape. For axially symmetric obstacles the model was verified by comparison with experiments and results of gasdynamic code application for a wide range of upstream polytropic indexes, 1.15 < γ < 2, and Mach numbers, 1 < Ms < ∞. The model can also be used for prediction of the bow shock position around nonaxially symmetric obstacles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1323
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue numberA8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003


  • Analytic modeling
  • Boundary conditions
  • Bow shock shape
  • Bow shocks
  • Gasdynamic
  • Magnetopause shape

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  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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    Verigin, M., Slavin, J., Szabo, A., Gombosi, T., Kotova, G., Plochova, O., Szegö, K., Tátrallyay, M., Kabin, K., & Shugaev, F. (2003). Planetary bow shocks: Gasdynamic analytic approach. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 108(A8), [1323].