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Mach number dependence of the onset of dynamo action (Chair: MRE Proctor)

Haugen, NEL (Trondheim)
Tuesday 12 October 2004, 17:05-17:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


The effect of compressibility on the onset of nonhelical turbulent dynamo action is investigated using both direct simulations as well as simulations with shock-capturing viscosities, keeping however the regular magnetic diffusivity. It is found that the critical magnetic Reynolds number for the onset of dynamo activity increases from about 35 in the subsonic regime to about 70 in the supersonic regime. Although the shock structures are sharper in the high resolution direct simulations compared to the low resolution shock-capturing simulations, the magnetic field looks roughly similar in both cases and does not show shock structures. Similarly, the onset of dynamo action is not significantly affected by the shock-capturing viscosity.

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