Propagation dynamics of successive emissions in laboratory and astrophysical jets and problem of their collimation
This paper presents the results of numerical simulation of the propagation of a sequence of plasma knots in laboratory conditions and in the astrophysical environment. The physical and geometric parameters of the simulation have been chosen close to the parameters of the PF-3 facility (Kurchatov Institute) and the jet of the star RW Aur. We found that the low-density region formed after the first knot propagation plays an important role in the collimation of the subsequent ones. Assuming only the thermal expansion of the subsequent emissions, qualitative estimates of the time taken to fill this area with the surrounding matter and the angle of jet scattering have been made. These estimates are consistent with observations and results of our modeling.