• Nicholas Apazidis
  • Veronica Eliasson
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


The reader will certainly recognize the everyday situations described in the beginning of this chapter. But did you know that these events are manifestations of exciting and many times unexpected properties of shock waves in nature and technology? One of the main properties of shock waves is an abrupt and large change in density, pressure, and temperature of the carrier medium in which the shock is propagating. This may often result in substantial damage to humans and material structures. At the same time, this harsh property of a shock wave and even its increase in strength in confined spaces opens fascinating possibilities for use in technology and medicine. Inertial confinement fusion and lithotripsy belong to the most known examples. Here we will describe many more and tell the story of their discovery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Apazidis
    • 1
  • Veronica Eliasson
    • 2
  1. 1.MechanicsKTH-Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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