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AMR simulations of supersonic magnetized jet acceleration from accretion discs (Chair: A Ruzmaikin)

Presented by: 
A Ferrari [Turin]
Friday 15th October 2004 - 10:35 to 11:00
INI Seminar Room 1

We present a 2.5D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation of the acceleration of a collimated jet from a magnetized accretion disk employing a MHD code with Adaptive Mesh Refinement (FLASH code -- University of Chicago). Thanks to this tool we can follow the evolution of the system for many dynamical timescales with a high spatial resolution. Assuming an initial condition in which an equilibrium Keplerian disk is threaded by a uniform azimuthal magnetic field, we show how both the accretion inflow and the acceleration of the outflow occur and we present in great detail which are the forces responsible for the launch and the collimation of the jet. Our simulation also shows how the collimating forces due to the self-generated toroidal magnetic field can produce some peculiar knotty features.

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons