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Accretion and galactic dynamos

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anvar ShukurovORCiD, Professor Dmitry Sokoloff


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We show that radial flows (directed either inward or outward) suppress mean-field dynamo action in a thin disc. Under conditions typical of spiral galaxies, the reduction in the growth rate of the large-scale magnetic field can reach 25-30%. The dynamo-generated galactic magnetic fields themselves can drive radial flows at a rate of order 0.1 M⊙ yr-1. These radial flows can contribute to the saturation of the dynamo action together with other nonlinear effects. We also present arguments, and an illustrative computation, to support the view that in the inner regions of barred galaxies the magnetically driven mass accretion rate may be substantially larger than the above estimate due to deviations of magnetic field from axial symmetry. The magnetically driven inflow rate in barred galaxies can reach about 3 M⊙ yr-1.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Moss D, Shukurov A, Sokoloff D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Year: 2000

Volume: 358

Issue: 3

Pages: 1142-1150

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0004-6361

ISSN (electronic): 1432-0746

Publisher: EDP Sciences