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Astrophysical Blastwaves


Zukin, Phillip Gregory (2006) Astrophysical Blastwaves. Senior thesis (Major), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/j6yy-wr15.


Shock waves are known to significantly alter the medium through with they propagate. Shocks in the interstellar medium have been known to affect star formation. Likewise, shocks in the intergalactic medium are expected to affect galaxy formation and the confinement of intergalactic clouds. Because of their significant influence, it is important to have a sound understanding of the different solutions used to study shocks and see how they differ. In this paper, I will focus on the self similar solution, thoroughly developed by Ostriker and McKee, and the explosion model, developed by Tegmark, Silk, and Evrard.

Item Type:Thesis (Senior thesis (Major))
Subject Keywords:Physics ; Astrophysics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Withheld
Research Advisor(s):
  • Kamionkowski, Marc P.
Group:Astronomy Department
Thesis Committee:
  • None, None
Defense Date:2006
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:02122018-164440685
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:10693
Deposited By: Joy Painter
Deposited On:13 Feb 2018 17:37
Last Modified:20 May 2020 19:22

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