Equatorial magnetic helicity flux in simulations with different gauges
2010 (English)In: Astronomical Notes - Astronomische Nachrichten, ISSN 0004-6337, E-ISSN 1521-3994, Vol. 331, no 1, 130-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
% We use direct numerical simulations of forced MHD turbulence with a forcing function that produces two different signs of kinetic helicity in the upper and lower parts of the domain. We show that the mean flux of magnetic helicity from the small-scale field between the two parts of the domain can be described by a Fickian diffusion law with a diffusion coefficient that is approximately independent of the magnetic Reynolds number and about one third of the estimated turbulent magnetic diffusivity. The data suggest that the turbulent diffusive magnetic helicity flux can only be expected to alleviate catastrophic quenching at Reynolds numbers of more than several thousands. We further calculate the magnetic helicity density and its flux in the domain for three different gauges. We consider the Weyl gauge, in which the electrostatic potential vanishes, the pseudo-Lorenz gauge, where the speed of light is replaced by the sound speed, and the `resistive gauge' in which the Laplacian of the magnetic vector potential acts as a resistive term. We find that, in the statistically steady state, the time-averaged magnetic helicity density and the magnetic helicity flux are the same in all three gauges.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 331, no 1, 130-135 p.
Sun: magnetic fields, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Research subject Astronomy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36130DOI: 10.1002/asna.200911308ISI: 000273944200016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-36130DiVA: diva2:288832