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Spiral-driven accretion in protoplanetary discs: I. 2D models

Abstract : We numerically investigate the dynamics of a 2D non-magnetised protoplanetary disc surrounded by an inflow coming from an external envelope. We find that the accretion shock between the disc and the inflow is unstable, leading to the generation of large-amplitude spiral density waves. These spiral waves propagate over long distances, down to radii at least ten times smaller than the accretion shock radius. We measure spiral-driven outward angular momentum transport with 10-4 ≲ α < 10-2 for an inflow accretion rate Ṁinf ≳ 10-8 M⊙ yr-1. We conclude that the interaction of the disc with its envelope leads to long-lived spiral density waves and radial angular momentum transport with rates that cannot be neglected in young non-magnetised protostellar discs.
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Geoffroy Lesur, Patrick Hennebelle, Sébastien Fromang. Spiral-driven accretion in protoplanetary discs: I. 2D models. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2015, 582, pp.L9. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201526734⟩. ⟨cea-01383752⟩

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