FRONTIERS IN COMPUTATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS

Particle and Flames in Radiative and Magnetic Flows

October 11-15, 2010
Lyon, France

Contribution of Alexei Kritsuk

Title

New Insights from MHD Simulations of Interstellar Turbulence

Topics

"Explosive fate of stars"

Keywords

Interstellar turbulence, Star formation, Molecular clouds, Magnetohydrodynamics

Abstract

I shall review recent advances and outstanding issues in MHD simulations of interstellar turbulence, including isothermal models for interior structure of molecular clouds and larger-scale multiphase models designed to simulate the formation and fragmentation of molecular clouds. Self-organization and scaling in highly compressible magnetized turbulence will be discussed and a detailed comparison of numerical methods for ideal MHD (including grid-based methods and SPH) will be given.

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