Recent results from simulations of the magnetorotational instability

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The nonlinear saturation of the magnetorotational instability (MRI) is best studied through numerical MHD simulations. Recent results of simulations that adopt the local shearing box approximation, and fully global models that follow the entire disk, are described. Outstanding issues remain, such as a first-principles understanding of the dynamo processes that control saturation with no net magnetic flux. Important directions for future work include a better understanding of basic plasma processes, such as reconnection, dissipation, and particle acceleration, in the MHD turbulence driven by the MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Plasma Astrophysics
EditorsAlfio Bonanno, Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino, Alexander Kosovichev
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • MHD
  • accretion disks
  • instabilities
  • methods:numerical
  • plasmas
  • turbulence


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