Original Article

Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 336, Issue 1, pp 21-26

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Using intense lasers to simulate aspects of accretion discs and outflows in astrophysics

  • D. D. RyutovAffiliated withLawrence Livermore National Laboratory Email author 

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It is shown that some aspects of the accretion disc physics can be experimentally simulated with the use of an array of properly directed plasma jets created by intense laser beams. For the laser energy of 1 to 3 kJ, one can create a quasi-planar disc with the Reynolds number exceeding 104 and magnetic Reynolds number in the range of 10–100. The way of seeding the disc with the magnetic field by using a cusp magnetic configuration is described.


Accretion discs Laboratory astrophysics Turbulence