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Secondary Perturbation Effects in Keplerian Accretion Disks: Elliptical Instability

Mukhopadhyay, Banibrata (2007) Secondary Perturbation Effects in Keplerian Accretion Disks: Elliptical Instability. In: 11th Marcel Grossmann Meeting, Berlin, 9 Mar 2007, Berlin.

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Origin of turbulence in cold accretion disks, particularly in 3D, which is expected to be hydrodynamic but not magnetohydrodynamic, is a big puzzle. While the flow must exhibit some turbulence in support of the transfer of mass inward and angular momentum outward, according to the linear perturbation theory it should always be stable. We demonstrate that the 3D secondary disturbance to the primarily perturbed disk which exhibits elliptical vortices into the system solves the problem. This result is essentially applicable to the outer region of accretion disks in active galactic nuclei where the gas is significantly cold and neutral in charge and the magnetic Reynolds number is smaller than 10^4.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 05:02
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2011 05:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/41543

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