Astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics

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Over the course of roughly a decade, from the late 1950s through the early 1960s, Chandraskhar made fundamental contributions to basic plasma physics, and the effect of magnetic fields on the dynamics of astrophysical plasmas. This paper reviews recent progress and outstanding problems in Astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics, the application of MHD to astrophysical systems, with particular emphasis on the role of Chandra's early contributions to the field. Specific topics discussed include magnetic field amplification by dynamo processes inside stars, the magnetorotational instability and angular momentum transport in accretion disks, MHD turbulence in the interstellar medium of galaxies, and kinetic MHD effects in weakly collisional plasmas. Chandra's contributions in all of these areas endure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluid Flows to Black Holes
Subtitle of host publicationA Tribute to S. Chandrasekhar on His Birth Centenary
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9814374768, 9789814374767
StatePublished - 2011
Event2010 Chandrasekhar Centennial Symposium - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2010Oct 17 2010

Publication series

NameFluid Flows to Black Holes: A Tribute to S. Chandrasekhar on His Birth Centenary


Other2010 Chandrasekhar Centennial Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Accretion disks
  • MHD
  • Turbulence


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