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Quasi-parallel collisionless shocks are important objects studied in space and astrophysics, but reproducing one in the laboratory for closer study has proved to be very challenging. This paper discusses the theoretical conditions necessary to create such a shock and explores the possibility of driving such an experiment with a laser-produced plasma.

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This paper lays the groundwork for the design of future laboratory quasi-parallel shock experiments.

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This page is a summary of: Laser-produced plasmas as drivers of laboratory collisionless quasi-parallel shocks, Physics of Plasmas, April 2020, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/1.5142396.
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