Heating and Cooling Protostellar Disks

@article{Hirose2011HeatingAC,
  title={Heating and Cooling Protostellar Disks},
  author={Shigenobu Hirose and N. J. Turner},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2011}
}
We examine heating and cooling in protostellar disks using 3-D radiation-MHD calculations of a patch of the Solar nebula at 1 AU, employing the shearing-box and flux-limited radiation diffusion approximations. The disk atmosphere is ionized by stellar X-rays, well-coupled to magnetic fields, and sustains a turbulent accretion flow driven by magneto-rotational instability, while the interior is resistive and magnetically dead. The turbulent layers heat by absorbing the light from the central… Expand

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