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Magnetic helicity and fluxes in an inhomogeneous α squared dynamo View all abstracts by submitter

Axel Brandenburg   Submitted: 2019-03-02 12:48

Much work on turbulent three-dimensional dynamos has been done using triply periodic domains, in which there are no magnetic helicity fluxes. Here we present simulations where the turbulent intensity is still nearly homogeneous, but now there is a perfect conductor boundary condition on one end and a vertical field or pseudo-vacuum condition on the other. This leads to migratory dynamo waves. Good agreement with a corresponding analytically solvable α 2 dynamo is found. Magnetic helicity fluxes are studied in both types of models. It is found that at moderate magnetic Reynolds numbers, most of the magnetic helicity losses occur at large scales. Whether this changes at even larger magnetic Reynolds numbers, as required for alleviating the catastrophic dynamo quenching problem, remains still unclear.

Authors: A. Brandenburg
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Publication Status: Astron. Nachr. 339, 631-640 (2018)
Last Modified: 2019-03-05 12:47
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