shock wave

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A very narrow region of high pressure and temperature formed in a fluid when the fluid flows supersonically over a stationary object or a projectile flying supersonically passes through a stationary fluid. A shock wave may also be generated by violent disturbances in a fluid, such as a lightning stroke or a bomb blast. Shock waves are generated experimentally to excite molecules for spectroscopic investigations.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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