Local stability of strongly magnetized black hole tori

  title={Local stability of strongly magnetized black hole tori},
  author={Maciek Wielgus and P. Chris Fragile and Ziming Wang and Julia Wilson},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
We investigate the local stability of strongly magnetized relativistic tori orbiting Kerr black holes, for the case of a purely toroidal magnetic field topology. Our approach encompasses both solving the full dispersion relation numerically and solving a simplified analytic treatment. Both approaches indicate that such tori are subject to an unstable non-axisymmetric magnetorotational mode, regardless of such background properties as the gas-to-magnetic pressure ratio and specific angular… 
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