PROPELLER-DRIVEN OUTFLOWS AND DISK OSCILLATIONS 

Authors: Romanova M.M., Ustyugova G.V., Koldoba A.V. and Lovelace R. V. E.  

  
 We report the discovery of propeller-driven outflows in axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic simulations of disk accretion to rapidly rotating magnetized stars. Matter outflows in a wide cone and is centrifugally ejected from the inner regions of the disk. Closer to the axis there is a strong, collimated, magnetically dominated outflow of energy and angular momentum
carried by the open magnetic field lines from the star. The ``efficiency'' of the propeller may be very high in the respect that most of the incoming disk matter is expelled from the system in winds. The star spins-down rapidly due to the magnetic interaction with the disk through closed field lines and with corona through open field lines. Diffusive and viscous interaction between magnetosphere and the disk are important: no outflows were observed for very small values of the diffusivity and viscosity. These simulation results are applicable to the early stages of evolution of classical T Tauri stars and to different stages of evolution of cataclysmic variables and neutron stars in binary systems. As an example, we have shown that young rapidly rotating magnetized CTTSs spin-down to their present slow rotation in less than 106 years.

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