On the magnetic quenching of mean-field effects in supersonic interstellar turbulence
2013 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 429, no 2, 967-972 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The emergence of large-scale magnetic fields observed in the diffuse interstellar medium is explained by a turbulent dynamo. The underlying transport coefficients have previously been extracted from numerical simulations. So far, this was restricted to the kinematic regime, but we aim to extend our analysis into the realm of dynamically important fields. This marks an important step on which derived mean-field models rely to explain observed equipartition-strength fields. As in previous work, we diagnose turbulent transport coefficients by means of the test-field method. We derive quenching functions for the dynamo a effect, diamagnetic pumping and turbulent diffusivity, which are compared with theoretical expectations. At late times, we observe the suppression of the vertical wind. Because this potentially affects the removal of small-scale magnetic helicity, new concerns arise about circumventing constraints imposed by the conservation of magnetic helicity at high magnetic Reynolds numbers. While present results cannot safely rule out this possibility, the issue only becomes important at late stages and is absent when the dynamo is quenched by the wind itself.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 429, no 2, 967-972 p.
magnetic fields, MHD-turbulence, methods: numerical, ISM: magnetic fields
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123445DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sts356ISI: 000318239300004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84874076175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-123445DiVA: diva2:629468
QC 201306172013-06-172013-06-102013-08-27Bibliographically approved