We report the experimental generation of an electrostatic collisionless shock in counter-streaming plasmas without an external magnetic field. The collisionless counter-streaming plasmas were created by a high-power laser. The expansion of plasmas was measured with interferometry and shadowgraphy. Large density jump was observed in both diagnostics. The density jump is the collisionless shock because the width of this jump is much shorter than the ion-ion mean-free-path calculated from flow velocities and densities. Particle-in-cell simulations suggest the formation of the electrostatic collisionless shock in the counter-streaming plasmas. In our experiment, considering the shock width, the observed shock is the electrostatic shock.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)