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Protostellar outflows with smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics

Bürzle, Florian, Clark, Paul, Stasyszyn, Federico, Dolag, Klaus and Klessen, Ralf S. 2011. Protostellar outflows with smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 417 (1) , L61-L65. 10.1111/j.1745-3933.2011.01120.x

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Abstract

The protostellar collapse of a molecular cloud core is usually accompanied by outflow phenomena. The latter are thought to be driven by magnetorotational processes from the central parts of the protostellar disc. While several 3D adaptive mesh refinement/nested grid studies of outflow phenomena in collapsing magnetically supercritical dense cores have been reported in the literature, so far no such simulation has been performed using the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method. This is mainly due to intrinsic numerical difficulties in handling magnetohydrodynamics within SPH, which only recently were partly resolved. In this work, we use an approach where we evolve the magnetic field via the induction equation, augmented with stability correction and divergence cleaning schemes. We consider the collapse of a rotating core of one solar mass, threaded by a weak magnetic field initially parallel to the rotation axis so that the core is magnetically supercritical. We show that smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics is able to handle the magnetorotational processes connected with outflow phenomena, and to produce meaningful results which are in good agreement with findings reported in the literature. Especially, our numerical scheme allows for a quantitative analysis of the evolution of the ratio of the toroidal to the poloidal magnetic field, which we performed in this work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: MHD; stars: formation; ISM: clouds; ISM: jets and outflows; ISM: magnetic fields
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1745-3925
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/59839

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