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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 13927
School of Astronomy
  Title:   The effect of toroidal magnetic field on the thickness of a viscous-resistive hot accreting flow
1.  M. Samadi
2.  S. Abbassi
3.  M. Khajavi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: MNRAS
  Vol.:  439
  Year:  2014
  Pages:   9
  Supported by:  IPM
By taking into account the effect of a toroidal magnetic field and its corresponding heating, we determine the thickness of advection-dominated accretion flows. We consider an axisymmetric, rotating, steady viscous-resistive, magnetized accretion flow under an advection-dominated stage. The dominant mechanisms of energy dissipation are assumed to be turbulence viscosity and magnetic diffusivity. We adopt a self-similar assumption in the radial direction to obtain the dynamical quantities, i.e. radial, azimuthal, sound and Alfvén velocities. Our results show that the vertical component of magnetic force acts in the opposite direction to gravity and compresses the disc; thus, compared with the non-magnetic case, in general the disc half-thickness, Δθ, is significantly reduced. On the other hand, two parameters that appear due to the action of the magnetic field and reaction of the flow affect the disc thickness. The first one, β0, which shows the magnetic field strength at the equatorial plane, decreases Δθ. The other one, η0, is the magnetic resistivity parameter and when it increases Δθ also increases.

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