MHD Intermediate Shocks and the Magnetopause

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. C. C. Wu

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0127

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Wu, C. C. (1989) MHD Intermediate Shocks and the Magnetopause, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0127

Author Information

  1. Department of Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


Contrary to the usual belief that MHD intermediate shocks are extraneous, we have recently shown by numerical solutions of dissipative MHD equations that intermediate shocks are admissible and can be formed through nonlinear steepening from continuous waves. Some aspects of intermediate shocks are presented. Since a transverse magnetic field can only rotate across “intermediate shocks” in dissipative MHD, one expects an intermediate shock, instead of a rotational discontinuity, to exist at the magnetopause.