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The Persistent Mystery of Collisionless Shocks

Whitepaper #134 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research. Additional topics: fundamental space plasma theory; space-based missions/projects; system science.

Published onJul 31, 2023
The Persistent Mystery of Collisionless Shocks

The partitioning of energy downstream of collisionless shocks is not well understood, nor are the processes which perform energy conversion. This paper stresses the need for the first ever spacecraft mission specifically designed and dedicated to the observation of both the terrestrial bow shock as well as Interplanetary shocks in the solar wind.

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