DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stae324 ISSN: 0035-8711

2.5-MHD models of circumstellar discs around FS CMa post-mergers : II. Stationary accretion stage

A Moranchel-Basurto, D Korčáková, R O Chametla
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


We study the star-disc interaction in the presence of the strong magnetic field (B⋆ = 6.2kG) of a slowly rotating star. This situation describes a post-merger of the spectral type B and has not been previously investigated. We perform a set of resistive and viscosity 2.5D-magnetohydrodynamical simulations using the PLUTO code. Based on our previous work, we consider the initial gas disc density ρd0 = 10−13gcm−3 since it describes the conditions around IRAS 17449+2320 well. We find that the fall of gas towards the star occurs in the mid-plane, and remarkably, intermittent backflow takes place in the mid-plane in all of our models for R ≥ 10R⋆. However, we do not rule out that the funnel effect may occur and cause the accretion closer to the poles. Also, when larger values of viscosity (αν = 1) and stellar rotation rate (δ⋆ = 0.2) are considered, we find that the disc exhibits a thickening which is characteristic of FS CMa-type stellar objects. Additionally, we find that the poloidal magnetic field lines twist over short periods of time, leading to magnetic reconnection causing coronal heating that could explain the presence of the Raman lines found observationally in several FS CMa stars. Lastly, we find the formation of several knots in the magnetic field lines near and in the mid-plane of the disc which produce perturbations in the density and velocity components, as well as the formation of shallow gaps whose position depends on the inflation of the magnetic field lines.

More from our Archive