## Angular momentum transport and dynamo-effect in stratified, weakly magnetic disks
The magnetic shear instability is reviewed numerically in the local box approximation for a Kepler disk. Special emphasis is laid on the relation between the viscosity-alpha and dynamo-alpha in case a mean magnetic field is generated. Self-sustaining `turbulence' is initiated by the instability which acts simultaneously as dynamo and efficient outward transporter for angular momentum. The Shakura-Sunyaev parameter is estimated to for an adiabatic disk model, and the contribution from the Maxwell stress dominates over that of the Reynolds stress by a factor of 4. In case of stress-free, normal- vertical boundary conditions, a non-zero mean magnetic field mainly oriented in azimuthal direction is generated. This mean field turns out time-dependent in a quasi-periodic manner. Box resonance oscillations in the horizontal velocities for a limited time lead to an enhanced, violently fluctuating Reynolds stress associated with a reduced magnetic activity. The resulting (dynamo-) -effect is negative in the upper disk plane and positive in the lower disk plane, it is small and highly noisy.
This article contains no SIMBAD objects. ## Contents- 1. Introduction
- 2. The shearing box model
- 2.1. Basic equations
- 2.2. Initial conditions
- 2.3. Numerical parameters and code
- 2.4. Boundary conditions
- 3. Results
- 4. The alpha-effect
- 5. Summary and conclusion
- Acknowledgements
- References
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