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Brandenburg, A. & Das, U. (2021). Turbulent radiative diffusion and turbulent Newtonian cooling. Physics of fluids, 33(9), Article ID 095125.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Turbulent radiative diffusion and turbulent Newtonian cooling
2021 (English)In: Physics of fluids, ISSN 1070-6631, E-ISSN 1089-7666, Vol. 33, no 9, article id 095125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Radiation transport plays an important role in stellar atmospheres, but the effects of turbulence are being obscured by other effects such as stratification. Using radiative hydrodynamic simulations of forced turbulence, we determine the decay rates of sinusoidal large-scale temperature perturbations of different wavenumbers in the optically thick and thin regimes. Increasing the wavenumber increases the rate of decay in both regimes, but this effect is much weaker than for the usual turbulent diffusion of passive scalars, where the increase is quadratic for small wavenumbers. The turbulent decay is well described by an enhanced Newtonian cooling process in the optically thin limit, which is found to show a weak increase proportional to the square root of the wavenumber. In the optically thick limit, the increase in turbulent decay is somewhat steeper for wavenumbers below the energy-carrying wavenumber of the turbulence, but levels off toward larger wavenumbers. In the presence of turbulence, the typical cooling time is comparable to the turbulent turnover time. We observe that the temperature takes a long time to reach equilibrium in both the optically thin and thick cases, but in the former, the temperature retains smaller scale structures for longer.

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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-199878 (URN)10.1063/5.0065485 (DOI)000717659200010 ()
Available from: 2022-01-10 Created: 2022-01-10 Last updated: 2022-01-10Bibliographically approved
Brandenburg, A. & Das, U. (2020). The time step constraint in radiation hydrodynamics. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 114(1-2), 162-195
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The time step constraint in radiation hydrodynamics
2020 (English)In: Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, ISSN 0309-1929, E-ISSN 1029-0419, Vol. 114, no 1-2, p. 162-195Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Explicit radiation hydrodynamic simulations of the atmospheres of massive stars and of convection in accretion discs around white dwarfs suffer from prohibitively short time steps due to radiation. This constraint is related to the cooling time rather than the radiative pressure, which also becomes important in hot stars and discs. We show that the radiative time step constraint is governed by the minimum of the sum of the optically thick and thin contributions rather than the smaller one of the two. In simulations with the Pencil Code, their weighting fractions are found empirically. In three-dimensional convective accretion disc simulations, the Deardorff term is found to be the main contributor to the enthalpy flux rather than the superadiabatic gradient. We conclude with a discussion of how the radiative time step problem could be mitigated in certain types of investigations.

Keywords
Numerical stability, radiative cooling, convection, accretion discs, hot stars
National Category
Physical Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175783 (URN)10.1080/03091929.2019.1676894 (DOI)000491590900001 ()
Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved
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