Journal article

Magnetic field dissipation in converging flows

F Melia, V Kowalenko

MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

Converging flows (e.g., gas accreting on to compact objects) are often ionized and magnetized. As the gas in these systems compresses towards smaller radii, flux conservation acts to intensify the magnetic field B, which can attain superequipartition values. (Throughout this paper, equipartition is meant to imply a comparison between the energy density in the field and that of the particles only, not including turbulence.) Since such a field probably cannot remain anchored in the gas, it is often assumed that the field intensity in excess of equipartition (i.e., Beq) is dissipated as heat, and that B therefore saturates at its Beq value -the so-called 'equipartition assumption'. In this pape..

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