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Magnetic Fields in the Accretion Disks of Cataclysmic Variables

  • A. A. Van Ballegooijen
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 156)

Abstract

The radial transport of magnetic flux in CV accretion disks is considered. Turbulent diffusion in a disk with finite outer radius R d leads to decay of large-scale magnetic fields, as magnetic flux can leak out at the outer edge of the disk. Numerical computations of the decay rate and magnetic structure are presented. It is shown that the decay time is of order R d /(α C S ), significantly shorter than the accretion time, R d /| v r | (here C S is the sound speed at the outer edge of the disk and α is the viscosity parameter). Centrifugally driven winds may be possible from the outer parts of the disk provided there exist efficient dynamo processes which regenerate the field.

Keywords

Magnetic Flux Field Line Accretion Disk Outer Edge White Dwarf 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Van Ballegooijen
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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