Enhanced Angular Momentum Transport in Accretion Disks

  title={Enhanced Angular Momentum Transport in Accretion Disks},
  author={Steven A. Balbus},
■ Abstract The status of our current understanding of angular momentum transport in accretion disks is reviewed. The last decade has seen a dramatic increase both in the recognition of key physical processes and in our ability to carry through direct numerical simulations of turbulent flow. Magnetic fields have at once powerful and subtle influences on the behavior of (sufficiently) ionized gas, rendering them directly unstable to free energy gradients. Outwardly descreasing angular velocity… CONTINUE READING
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