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By Robert G. Stone, Bruce T. Tsurutani

Published by way of the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph sequence, quantity 34.

Violent expansions of the sun corona reason temporary surprise waves which propagate outward from the sunlight at 1000's to millions of kilometers in keeping with moment; basic sun wind pace gradients on the floor of the solar result in high-speed streams overtaking slower streams, forming corotating shocks; and regular nation supermagnetosonic sun wind circulation earlier items comparable to the planets result in status bow shocks. although, the sun wind plasma is so sizzling and tenuous that charged particle Coulomb collisions produce negligible thermalization or dissipation on scale sizes below 0.1 AU. The irreversible plasma heating via those shocks is comprehensive by way of wave-particle interactions pushed via plasma instabilities. for that reason those shocks are defined as "collisionless."

Collisionless shocks are attention-grabbing and significant for various purposes. Collisionless shocks are the best configuration during which a macroscopic circulate is regulated by way of microscopic dissipation, an issue universal to many alternative plasma techniques. Collisionless shocks are consequently of uncomplicated plasma actual curiosity. There also are many very important ways that shocks have an effect on the near-earth surroundings. Coronal shocks are believed to be accountable for the acceleration of sun flare lively debris, which then propagate outward to fill the heliosphere. surprise propagation into the outer heliosphere could be a central reason for the sun cycle established cosmic ray modulation. Interplanetary surprise interactions with the earth's magnetosphere reason magnetic storms, severe low-latitude aurorae, and radio blackouts. contemporary observations of fields and debris close to interplanetary shocks and upstream of the earth's bow surprise let us examine particle acceleration methods in situ, giving us first-hand wisdom of techniques that are taking place not just in our heliosphere yet that can provide us very important insights into plasma methods that are happening close to far away interstellar shocks, methods that are believed to create cosmic rays.

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The first numerical models of such explosions were constructed in the early 1960s (Colgate et al. 1961). , Janka et al. 2002). A schematic view of our current understanding is presented in Fig. 18. 28 Nikos Prantzos Fig. 18. Illustration of the various successive stages of the core collapse of a massive star; see Sect. 2 for details (from Guidry 1998) Iron core collapse proceeds in a timescale of milliseconds. Due to increasingly high temperatures, photodisintegrations tear down Fe nuclei to nucleons and alpha particles, while higher densities favor electron captures and conversion of protons to neutrons.

Thus, for η ∼ 0, the most tightly bound nucleus is 56 Ni (Fig. 15). Indeed, in explosive nucleosynthesis 56 Ni is the dominant product of NSE; its radioactive decay has been (indirectly) observed in the 24 Nikos Prantzos case of the supernova SN1987A (see Sect. 2) brilliantly confirming the theory. 47. In those conditions, the most tightly bound nucleus is the stable 56 Fe, while 52 Cr is also produced in substantial amounts (see Fig. 15). When the composition of the stellar core becomes dominated by the strongly bound nuclei of the Fe peak, the star has arrived at the end of its quiescent life.

38 Nikos Prantzos Fig. 25. Neutron capture cross-sections of s-nuclei as a function of mass number A. Nuclei with magic neutron numbers (50, 82, 126) have extremely low cross-sections and high abundances with respect to their neighbors (see Fig. 24). 208 Pb is a representative case, with Z = 82 and N = 126 The co-existence of p,α and 12 C allows the production of abundant neutrons through the reaction series p + 12 C −→ 13 N, 13 N(β + )13 C, 13 C(α,n)16 O. , nuclei with 90 < A < 210. Between thermal pulses the convective stellar envelope penetrates deep in the star and dredges-up material from the sprocessed region to the surface, from where the strong AGB wind expels snuclei to the interstellar medium.

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