Stellar dynamo driven wind braking versus disc coupling

B von Rekowski, A Brandenburg

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Abstract

Star-disc coupling is considered in numerical models where the stellar field is not an imposed perfect dipole, but instead a more irregular self-adjusting dynamo-generated field. Using axisymmetric simulations of the hydromagnetic mean-field equations, it is shown that the resulting stellar field configuration is more complex, but significantly better suited for driving a stellar wind. In agreement with recent findings by a number of people, star-disc coupling is less efficient in braking the star than previously thought. Moreover, stellar wind braking becomes equally important. In contrast to a perfect stellar dipole field, dynamo-generated stellar fields favor field-aligned accretion with considerably higher velocity at low latitudes, where the field is weaker and originating in the disc. Accretion is no longer nearly periodic (as it is in the case of a stellar dipole), but it is more irregular and episodic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-71
Number of pages19
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Volume327
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • ISM : jets and outflows
  • accretion, accretion disks
  • magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
  • stars : mass-loss
  • stars : pre-main sequence
  • T-TAURI STARS
  • MAGNETOSPHERIC ACCRETION
  • MAGNETIC-FIELDS
  • LARGE-SCALE
  • SPIN-DOWN
  • BP TAURI
  • JETS
  • MODELS
  • OUTFLOWS
  • OBJECTS

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