Thursday, July 18, 2013

1307.4603 (Wollf-Christian Mueller et al.)

Role of helicities for the dynamics of turbulent magnetic fields    [PDF]

Wollf-Christian Mueller, Shiva Kumar. Malapaka
Investigations of the inverse cascade of magnetic helicity are conducted with pseudospectral, three-dimensional direct numerical simulations of forced and decaying incompressible magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. The high-resolution simulations which allow for the necessary scale-separation show that the observed self-similar scaling behavior of magnetic helicity and related quantities can only be understood by taking the full nonlinear interplay of velocity and magnetic fluctuations into account. With the help of the eddy-damped quasi-normal Markovian approximation a probably universal relation between kinetic and magnetic helicities is derived that closely resembles the extended definition of the prominent dynamo pseudoscalar $\alpha$. This unexpected similarity suggests an additional nonlinear quenching mechanism of the current-helicity contribution to $\alpha$.
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