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Mean-field and direct numerical simulations of magnetic flux concentrations from vertical field View all abstracts by submitter

Axel Brandenburg   Submitted: 2014-07-05 20:53

Strongly stratified hydromagnetic turbulence has previously been found to produce magnetic flux concentrations if the domain is large enough compared with the size of turbulent eddies. Mean-field simulations (MFS) using parameterizations of the Reynolds and Maxwell stresses show a negative effective magnetic pressure instability and have been able to reproduce many aspects of direct numerical simulations (DNS) regarding the growth rate of this large-scale instability, shape of the resulting magnetic structures, and their height as a function of magnetic field strength. Unlike the case of an imposed horizontal field, for a vertical one, magnetic flux concentrations of equipartition strength with the turbulence can be reached. This results in magnetic spots that are reminiscent of sunspots. Here we want to find out under what conditions magnetic flux concentrations with vertical field occur and what their internal structure is. We use a combination of MFS, DNS, and implicit large-eddy simulations to characterize the resulting magnetic flux concentrations in forced isothermal turbulence with an imposed vertical magnetic field. We confirm earlier results that in the kinematic stage of the large-scale instability the horizontal wavelength of structures is about 10 times the density scale height. At later times, even larger structures are being produced in a fashion similar to inverse spectral transfer in helically driven turbulence. Using turbulence simulations, we find that magnetic flux concentrations occur for different values of the Mach number between 0.1 and 0.7. DNS and MFS show magnetic flux tubes with mean-field energies comparable to the turbulent kinetic energy. The resulting vertical magnetic flux tubes are being confined by downflows along the tubes and corresponding inflow from the sides, which keep the field concentrated.

Authors: A. Brandenburg, O. Gressel, S. Jabbari, N. Kleeorin, I. Rogachevskii
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Publication Status: Astron. Astrophys. 562, A53 (2014)
Last Modified: 2014-07-06 20:34
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