Norman Rostoker had a wide range of interests and significant impact on the plasma physics research at Cornell during the time he was a Cornell professor. His interests ranged from the theory of energetic electron and ion beams and strong particle rings to the related topics of astrophysical accretion discs. We outline some of the topics related to rings and discs including the Rossby wave instability which leads to formation of anticyclonic vortices in astrophysical discs. These vorticies are regions of high pressure and act to trap dust particles which in turn may facilitate planetesimals growth in proto-planetary disks and could be important for planet formation. Analytical methods and global 3D magneto-hydrodynamic simulations have led to rapid advances in our understanding of discs in recent years.
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Research Article| March 25 2016
Particle rings and astrophysical accretion discs
R. V. E. Lovelace;
AIP Conf. Proc. 1721, 050004 (2016)
R. V. E. Lovelace, M. M. Romanova; Particle rings and astrophysical accretion discs. AIP Conf. Proc. 25 March 2016; 1721 (1): 050004. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4944026
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