Volume 550, February 2013
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The magnetorotational instability as a jet launching mechanism
1 UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) UMR 5274, 38041 Grenoble, France
2 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA, UK
Received: 17 September 2012
Accepted: 5 December 2012
Magnetorotational turbulence and magnetically driven disc winds are often considered as separate processes. However, realistic astrophysical discs are expected to be subject to both effects, although possibly at different times and locations. We investigate here the potential link between these two phenomena using a mixed numerical and analytical approach. We show in particular that large-scale magnetorotational instability modes which dominate strongly magnetised discs (plasma β ~ 10) naturally produce magnetically driven outflows in the nonlinear regime. We show that these outflows share many similarities with local and global disc wind solutions found in the literature. We also investigate the 3D stability of these outflows and show that they are unstable on dynamical timescales. The implications of these results for the transition between a jet-emitting disc and a standard “viscous” disc are discussed.
Key words: magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / instabilities / ISM: jets and outflows
© ESO, 2013
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