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Spin-down of protostars through gravitational torques

Lin, Min-Kai; Krumholz, Mark; Kratter, Kaitlin M.


Young protostars embedded in circumstellar discs accrete from an angular momentum rich mass reservoir. Without some braking mechanism, all stars should be spinning at or near breakup velocity. In this paper, we perform simulations of the self-gravitational collapse of an isothermal cloud using the ORION adaptive-mesh refinement code and investigate the role that gravitational torques might play in the spin-down of the dense central object. While magnetic effects likely dominate for low-mass...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19074.x
Access Rights: Open Access


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