Title: Transonic instabilities in accretion disks
Authors: Goedbloed, JP ×
Keppens, Rony #
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2005
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Series Title: AIP Conference Proceedings vol:784 issue:1 pages:639-646
Abstract: In two previous publications, we have demonstrated that stationary rotation of magnetized plasma about a compact central object permits an enormous number of different MHD instabilities, with the well-known magneto-rotational instability as just one of them. We here concentrate on the new instabilities found that are driven by transonic transitions of the poloidal flow. A particularly promising class of instabilities, from the point of view of MHD turbulence in accretion disks, is the class of trans-slow Alfvén continuum modes, that occur when the poloidal flow exceeds a critical value of the slow magnetosonic speed. When this happens, virtually every magnetic/flow surface of the disk becomes unstable with respect to highly localized modes of the continuous spectrum. The mode structures rotate, in turn, about the rotating disk. These structures lock and become explosively unstable when the mass of the central object is increased beyond a certain critical value. Their growth rates then become huge, of the order of the Alfvén transit time. These instabilities appear to have all requisite properties to facilitate accretion flows across magnetic surfaces and jet formation.
ISSN: 0094-243X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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