The results on shock waves in plasmas containing variable-charge dust grains are reviewed. The problems where the shock waves in dusty plasmas can be important are formulated. The dusty plasma is presented as an open, highly dissipative system where there is a tendency to self-organization. An anomalous dissipation originating from the charging processes results in a possibility of existence of a new kind of shock waves. The shock waves related to this dissipation can be important for description of star formation, shocks in supernova explosions, particle acceleration in shocks, formation of dusty crystals, etc.
Astrophysics and Space Science
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