Linear two-dimensional mhd of accretion disks: Crystalline structure and nernst coefficient

Giovanni Montani, Riccardo Benini

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We analyse the two-dimensional MHD configurations characterising the steady state of the accretion disk on a highly magnetised neutron star. The model we describe has a local character and represents the extension of the crystalline structure outlined in Ref. 1, dealing with a local model too, when a specific accretion rate is taken into account. We limit our attention to the linearised MHD formulation of the electromagnetic back-reaction characterising the equilibrium, by fixing the structure of the radial, vertical and azimuthal profiles. Since we deal with toroidal currents only, the consistency of the model is ensured by the presence of a small collisional effect, phenomenologically described by a nonzero constant Nernst coefficient (thermal power of the plasma). Such an effect provides a proper balance of the electron force equation via nonzero temperature gradients, related directly to the radial and vertical velocity components. We show that the obtained profile has the typical oscillating feature of the crystalline structure, reconciled with the presence of viscosity, associated to the differential rotation of the disk, and with a net accretion rate. In fact, we provide a direct relation between the electromagnetic reaction of the disk and the (no longer zero) increasing of its mass per unit time. The radial accretion component of the velocity results to be few orders of magnitude below the equatorial sound velocity. Its oscillating-like character does not allow a real matter in-fall to the central object (an effect to be searched into nonlinear MHD corrections), but it accounts for the outgoing of steady fluxes, favourable to the ring-like morphology of the disk. © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2667 - 2680
Number of pages14
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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