Numerical study of the magnetorotational instability in princeton MRI experiment

Wei Liu

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In preparation for an experimental study of magnetorotational instability ( MRI) in liquid metal, we present nonideal axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the nonlinear evolution of MRI in the experimental geometry. The simulations adopt fully insulating boundary conditions. No-slip conditions are imposed at all boundaries. A clear linear phase is observed with reduced linear growth rate. MRI results in an inflowing "jet" near the midplane and enhances the angular momentum transport at saturation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-524
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Accretion, accretion disks
  • Instabilities
  • MHD
  • Methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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