EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 64, 2014Physics at the Magnetospheric Boundary
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Simulations of Accretion and Ejection|
|Published online||08 January 2014|
3D MHD Simulations of Waves Excited in an Accretion Disk by a Rotating Magnetized Star
Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6801, USA
Published online: 8 January 2014
We present results of global 3D MHD simulations of warp and density waves in accretion disks excited by a rotating star with a misaligned dipole magnetic field. A wide range of cases are considered. We find for example that if the star’s magnetosphere corotates approximately with the inner disk, then a strong one-arm bending wave or warp forms. The warp corotates with the star and has a maximum amplitude (|zω|/r ~ 0.3) between the corotation radius and the radius of the vertical resonance. If the magnetosphere rotates more slowly than the inner disk, then a bending wave is excited at the disk-magnetosphere boundary, but it does not form a large-scale warp. In this case the angular rotation of the disk [Ω(r,z = 0)] has a maximum as a function of r so that there is an inner region where dΩ/dr > 0. In this region we observe radially trapped density waves in approximate agreement with the theoretical prediction of a Rossby wave instability in this region.
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