Magnetic field-stellar winds interaction

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Abstract

As per the recent study by the MiMeS collaboration, only about 10% of massive stars possess organized global magnetic fields, typically dipolar in nature. The competition between such magnetic fields and highly non-linear radiative forces that drive the stellar winds leads to a highly complex interaction. Such an interplay can lead to a number of observable phenomena, e.g. X-ray, wind confinement, rapid stellar spindown. However, due to its complexity, such an interaction cannot usually be modeled analytically, instead numerical modeling becomes a necessary tool. In this talk, I will discuss how numerical magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations are employed to understand the nature of such magnetized massive star winds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

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