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Large-scale dynamo action due to alpha fluctuations in a linear shear flow
KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA. Raman Res Inst, Karnataka, India.
2014 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 445, no 4, 3770-3787 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present a model of large-scale dynamo action in a shear flow that has stochastic, zero-mean fluctuations of the a parameter. This is based on a minimal extension of the Kraichnan Moffatt model, to include a background linear shear and Galilean-invariant alpha-statistics. Using the firstorder smoothing approximation we derive a linear integro-differential equation for the largescale magnetic field, which is non-perturbative in the shearing rate S, and the alpha-correlation time r. The white-noise case, tau(alpha) = 0, is solved exactly, and it is concluded that the necessary condition for dynamo action is identical to the Kraichnan Moffatt model without shear; this is because white-noise does not allow for memory effects, whereas shear needs time to act. To explore memory effects we reduce the integro-differential equation to a partial differential equation, valid for slowly varying fields when is small but non-zero. Seeking exponential modal solutions, we solve the modal dispersion relation and obtain an explicit expression for the growth rate as a function of the six independent parameters of the problem. A non-zero r, gives rise to new physical scales, and dynamo action is completely different from the white-noise case; e.g. even weak a fluctuations can give rise to a dynamo. We argue that, at any wavenumber, both Moffatt drift and Shear always contribute to increasing the growth rate. Two examples are presented: (a) a Moffatt drift dynamo in the absence of shear and (b) a Shear dynamo in the absence of Moffatt drift.

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2014. Vol. 445, no 4, 3770-3787 p.
Keyword [en]
dynamo, magnetic fields, MHD, turbulence, galaxies, magnetic fields
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159116DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu1981ISI: 000346963300035ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84923005624OAI: diva2:783961

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