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Resistive MHD simulations of the Parker instability in galactic disks

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dc.contributor.author Kowal, Grzegorz
dc.contributor.author Hanasz, Michał
dc.contributor.author Otmianowska-Mazur, Katarzyna
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-19T09:06:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-19T09:06:13Z
dc.date.issued 2003-04-11
dc.identifier.citation Astron.Astrophys. 404 (2003) 533-544
dc.identifier.other doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20030556
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/251
dc.description.abstract Parker instability leads to the formation of tangential discontinuities in a magnetic field and subsequent magnetic reconnection due to a numerical and/or an explicit resistivity. In this paper we investigate the role of the uniform, localized and numerical resistivity on the diffusion of magnetic field lines during the growth phase of Parker instability modes. We propose a new method to quantify the diffusion of magnetic field lines which is attributed to the presence of resistivity in ideal and non-ideal MHD codes. The method relies (1) on integration of magnetic lines in between periodic boundaries, (2) on measurements of the dispersion of magnetic field lines with the left and the right periodic boundaries and (3) on a statistical analysis of shifts of a large set of magnetic lines. The proposed method makes it possible to detect topological evolution of magnetic field. We perform a series of resistive MHD simulations of the Parker instability in uniformly rotating galactic disks. We follow the topological evolution of the magnetic field evolving due to the Parker instability and relate it to the ratio of total to uniform magnetic field in galactic disks. We find that after the onset of the Parker instability, the magnetic field becomes first tangled and later on it evolves toward a uniform state due to the presence of resistivity. A similar effect of a varying contribution of a turbulent magnetic field is observed in arms and inter-arm regions of galaxies.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.uri http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0304217
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Astrophysics
dc.title Resistive MHD simulations of the Parker instability in galactic disks
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article


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