Observations show that magnetic fields in the interstellar medium (ISM) often do not respond to increases in gas density as would be naively expected for a frozen-in field. This may suggest that the magnetic field in the diffuse gas becomes detached from dense clouds as they form. We have investigated this possibility using theoretical estimates, a simple magneto-hydrodynamic model of a flow without mass conservation and numerical simulations of a thermally unstable flow. Our results show that significant magnetic flux can be shed from dense clouds as they form in the diffuse ISM, leaving behind a magnetically dominated diffuse gas.
Cosmic Magnetic Fields: From Planets, to Stars and Galaxies
- Pub Date:
- April 2009
- ISM: clouds;
- ISM: magnetic fields;
- Astrophysics - Galaxy Astrophysics
- 2 pages, 1 figure. In proceedings of IAU Symposium 259: "Cosmic magnetic fields: from planets to stars and galaxies", eds. K.G. Strassmeier, A.G. Kosovichev &