Non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics versus turbulence – I. Which is the dominant process in protostellar disc formation?

James Howard Wurster, Benjamin T. Lewis

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Abstract

Non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is the dominant process. We investigate the effect of magnetic fields (ideal and non-ideal) and turbulence (sub- and transsonic) on the formation of circumstellar discs that form nearly simultaneously with the formation of the protostar. This is done by modelling the gravitational collapse of a 1 M☉ gas cloud that is threaded with a magnetic field and imposed with both rotational and turbulent velocities. We investigate magnetic fields that are parallel/antiparallel and perpendicular to the rotation axis, two rotation rates, and four Mach numbers. Disc formation occurs preferentially in the models that include non-ideal MHD where the magnetic field is antiparallel or perpendicular to the rotation axis. This is independent of the initial rotation rate and level of turbulence, suggesting that subsonic turbulence plays a minimal role in influencing the formation of discs. Aside from first core outflows that are influenced by the initial level of turbulence, non-ideal MHD processes are more important than turbulent processes during the formation of discs around low-mass stars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3795-3806
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume495
Issue number4
Early online date28 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Magnetic fields
  • MHD
  • Turbulence
  • Protoplanetary discs
  • Stars: formation
  • Stars: winds, outflows

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