Journal Article

Dynamical friction in a magnetized gas

Mohsen Shadmehri and Fazeleh Khajenabi

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 424, issue 2, pages 919-926
Published in print August 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Dynamical friction in a magnetized gas

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When a gravitating point mass moves subsonically through a magnetized and isothermal medium, the dynamical structure of the flow can be studied far from the mass using a perturbation analysis. Here, we present analytical solutions for the first-order density and the velocity perturbations. The validity of our solutions is restricted to the cases where the Alfvén velocity in the ambient medium is less than the accretor's velocity. The density field is less dense because of the magnetic effects, according to the solutions, and the dynamical friction force becomes lower as the strength of the magnetic field increases.

Keywords: MHD; stars: kinematics and dynamics; ISM: general; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

Journal Article.  3940 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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