Radiative effects in radiative shocks in shock tubes

R. P. Drake, F. W. Doss, R. G. McClarren, M. L. Adams, N. Amato, D. Bingham, C. C. Chou, C. DiStefano, K. Fidkowski, B. Fryxell, T. I. Gombosi, M. J. Grosskopf, J. P. Holloway, B. van der Holst, C. M. Huntington, S. Karni, C. M. Krauland, C. C. Kuranz, E. Larsen, B. van LeerB. Mallick, D. Marion, W. Martin, J. E. Morel, E. S. Myra, V. Nair, K. G. Powell, L. Rauchwerger, P. Roe, E. Rutter, I. V. Sokolov, Q. Stout, B. R. Torralva, G. Toth, K. Thornton, A. J. Visco

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Using modern high-energy-density facilities it is straightforward to produce radiative shock waves in which the transfer of energy by radiation controls the hydrodynamic structure of the system. Some of these experiments use shock tubes. This paper discusses such experiments, with an emphasis on the simple physical relations that determine the primary features of such shocks and on the details and impact of radiative energy transfer in such systems. Notable aspects include the creation of high-density shocked layers, the flow of radiative energy toward regions of higher energy density, and the creation of secondary shocks by ablation of the tube walls ahead of the primary shock front. Simulations of one such experimental system are also shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-140
Number of pages11
JournalHigh Energy Density Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Laboratory astrophysics
  • Radiation transfer
  • Radiative shocks
  • Shock waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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