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Magnetic helicity density and its flux in weakly inhomogeneous turbulence View all abstracts by submitter

Axel Brandenburg   Submitted: 2006-09-04 21:21

A gauge invariant and hence physically meaningful definition of magnetic helicity density for random fields is proposed, using the Gauss linking formula, as the density of correlated field line linkages. This definition is applied to the random small scale field in weakly inhomogeneous turbulence, whose correlation length is small compared with the scale on which the turbulence varies. For inhomogeneous systems, with or without boundaries, our technique then allows one to study the local magnetic helicity density evolution in a gauge independent fashion, which was not possible earlier. This evolution equation is governed by local sources (owing to the mean field) and by the divergence of a magnetic helicity flux density. The role of magnetic helicity fluxes in alleviating catastrophic quenching of mean field dynamos is discussed.

Authors: K. Subramanian, A. Brandenburg
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Publication Status: Astrophys. J. 648, L71-L74 (2006)
Last Modified: 2006-09-04 21:25
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