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Experimental results on magnetorotational instability

Gerbeth, G.; Gundrum, T.; Stefani, F.; Hollerbach, R.; Rüdiger, G.

The magnetorotational instability (MRI) plays a key role in the formation of stars and black holes, by enabling outward angular momentum transport in accretion disks. A recent paper [R. Hollerbach and G. Rüdiger, Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 95, 124501 (2005)] has shown that the threshold for the onset of the MRI in a liquid metal Taylor-Couette flow is dramatically reduced if both axial and azimuthal magnetic fields are imposed. In agreement with this prediction, a variety of experimental results of a Taylor-Couette experiment with the liquid metal alloy GaInSn is presented, showing evidence for the existence of the MRI at Reynolds numbers of order 1000 and Hartmann numbers of order 10.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Julius Hartmann Meeting, 15.-16.02.2007, Coventry, UK

Publ.-Id: 9479