Generation of sheet currents by high frequency fast magnetosonic waves
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Physics Letters A 380, 3817-3822
The evolution of fast magnetosonic waves of high frequency propa- gating into an axisymmetric equilibrium plasma is studied. By using the methods of weakly nonlinear geometrical optics, it is shown that the perturbation travels in the equatorial plane while satisfying a transport equation which enables us to predict the time and location of formation of shock waves. For plasmas of large magnetic Prandtl number, this would result into the creation of sheet currents which may give rise to magnetic reconnection and destruction of the original equilibrium.
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