Two dimensional planar and nonplanar ion acoustic shock waves in electron-positron-ion plasmas

Masood, W.; Rizvi, H.
September 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2009, Vol. 16 Issue 9, p092302
Academic Journal
Two dimensional ion acoustic shock waves (IASWs) are studied in an unmagnetized plasma consisting of electrons, positrons, and adiabatically hot positive ions. This is done by deriving the nonplanar Kadomstev–Petviashvili–Burgers (KPB) equation under the small amplitude perturbation expansion method. The dissipation is introduced by taking into account the kinematic viscosity among the plasma constituents. The limiting cases of the nonplanar KPB equation are also discussed. The analytical solution of the planar KPB equation is obtained using the tangent hyperbolic method that is used as the initial profile to numerically solve the nonplanar KPB equation. It is found that the strength of IASW is maximum for spherical, intermediate for cylindrical, and minimum for planar geometry. It is observed that the positron concentration and the plasma kinematic viscosity significantly modify the shock structure. Finally, the temporal evolution of the nonplanar IASW is investigated and the results are discussed from the numerical stand point. The results of the present study may be applicable in the study of small amplitude localized electrostatic shock structures in electron-positron-ion plasmas.


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