A mean field dynamo from negative eddy diffusivity

Дата и время публикации : 2012-12-11T20:59:43Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Ebru Devlen (Nordita, University of Ege)
Axel Brandenburg (Nordita, Stockholm University)
Dhrubaditya Mitra (Nordita)

Ссылка на журнал-издание: Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 432, 1651-1657 (2013)
Коментарии к cтатье: 7 pages, 9 figures, accepted to MNRAS
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

Все категории : astro-ph.SR, physics.flu-dyn

Краткий обзор статьи: Using direct numerical simulations, we verify that "flow IV" of Roberts (1972) exhibits dynamo action dominated by horizontally averaged large-scale magnetic field. With the test-field method we compute the turbulent magnetic diffusivity and find that it is negative and overcomes the molecular diffusivity, thus explaining quantitatively the large-scale dynamo for magnetic Reynolds numbers above $approx8$. As expected for a dynamo of this type, but contrary to $alpha$-effect dynamos, the two horizontal field components grow independently of each other and have arbitrary amplitude ratios and phase differences. Small length scales of the mean magnetic field are shown to be stabilized by the turbulent magnetic diffusivity becoming positive at larger wavenumbers. Oscillatory decaying or growing solutions have also been found in certain wavenumber intervals and sufficiently large values of the magnetic Reynolds number. For magnetic Reynolds numbers below $approx0.5$ the turbulent magnetic diffusivity is confirmed to be positive, as expected for all incompressible flows. Earlier claims of a dynamo driven by a modified Taylor-Green flow through negative eddy diffusivity could not be confirmed.

Category: Physics