## Abstract

We study a model of weakly ionized, protostellar accretion discs that are threaded by a large-scale, ordered magnetic field and power a centrifugally driven wind. We consider the limiting case where the wind is the main repository of the excess disc angular momentum and generalize the radially localized disc model of Wardle & Königl, which focused on the ambipolar diffusion regime, to other field diffusivity regimes, notably Hall and Ohm. We present a general formulation of the problem for nearly Keplerian, vertically isothermal discs using both the conductivity-tensor and the multifluid approaches and simplify it to a normalized system of ordinary differential equations in the vertical space coordinate. We determine the relevant parameters of the problem and investigate, using the vertical-hydrostatic-equilibrium approximation and other simplifications, the parameter constraints on physically viable solutions for discs in which the neutral particles are dynamically well coupled to the field already at the mid-plane. When the charged particles constitute a two-component ion-electron plasma, one can identify four distinct sub-regimes in the parameter domain where the Hall diffusivity dominates and three sub-regimes in the Ohm-dominated domain. Two of the Hall sub-regimes can be characterized as being ambipolar diffusion-like and two as being Ohm-like: the properties of one member of the first pair of sub-regimes are identical to those of the ambipolar diffusion regime, whereas one member of the second pair has the same characteristics as one of the Ohm sub-regimes. All the Hall sub-regimes have B_{rb}/|B_{φb}| (ratio of radial-to-azimuthal magnetic field amplitudes at the disc surface) >1, whereas in two Ohm sub-regimes this ratio is <1. When the two-component plasma consists, instead, of positively and negatively charged grains of equal mass, the entire Hall domain and one of the Ohm sub-regimes with B_{rb}/|B_{φb}| < 1 disappear. All viable solutions require the mid-plane neutral-ion momentum exchange time to be shorter than the local orbital time. We also infer that vertical magnetic squeezing always dominates over gravitational tidal compression in this model. In a follow-up paper we will present exact solutions that test the results of this analysis in the Hall regime.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 479-499 |

Number of pages | 21 |

Journal | Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society |

Volume | 401 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jan 2010 |