Galactic winds and the symmetry properties of galactic magnetic fields
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2 Department of Physics, Moscow University, 119 992 Moscow, Russia
3 Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Accepted: 26 January 2010
Context. Contemporary studies of the symmetry properties of galactic magnetic fields contain two contradictory ideas. There are observational and theoretical hints that large-scale magnetic fields are symmetric with respect to the galactic plane in the disc, and antisymmetric in the halo. On the other hand, standard galactic dynamo models without a galactic wind give symmetric or antisymmetric configurations in both disc and halo regions simultaneously.
Aims. Here we explore the role of a galactic wind in resolving this dichotomy.
Methods. The key idea is that a galactic wind must be be taken into account in order to resolve the problem. We perform a search of the parameter space of galactic dynamo models containing such winds.
Results. By including a galactic wind, magnetic configurations of such symmetry, i.e. approximately even in the disc and odd in the halo, can be obtained. We note that a variety of other solutions can also be found.
Conclusions. A galactic wind plays a significant role in determining the structure of galactic magnetic configurations and should be included in future modelling.
Key words: magnetohydrodynamics / galaxies: magnetic fields / galaxies: spiral / galaxies: halos / ISM: magnetic fields
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