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Nonlinear Small-scale Dynamos at Low Magnetic Prandtl Numbers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy.
2011 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 741, no 2, 92- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Saturated small-scale dynamo solutions driven by isotropic non-helical turbulence are presented at low magnetic Prandtl numbers Pr M down to 0.01. For Pr M < 0.1, most of the energy is dissipated via Joule heat and, in agreement with earlier results for helical large-scale dynamos, kinetic energy dissipation is shown to diminish proportional to Pr1/2 M down to values of 0.1. In agreement with earlier work, there is, in addition to a short Golitsyn k -11/3 spectrum near the resistive scale, also some evidence for a short k -1 spectrum on larger scales. The rms magnetic field strength of the small-scale dynamo is found to depend only weakly on the value of Pr M and decreases by about a factor of two as Pr M is decreased from 1 to 0.01. The possibility of dynamo action at Pr M = 0.1 in the nonlinear regime is argued to be a consequence of a suppression of the bottleneck seen in the kinetic energy spectrum in the absence of a dynamo and, more generally, a suppression of kinetic energy near the dissipation wavenumber.

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2011. Vol. 741, no 2, 92- p.
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magnetohydrodynamics: MHD, turbulence
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70041DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/92ISI: 000296771500025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70041DiVA: diva2:478719
Available from: 2012-01-16 Created: 2012-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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