Finite dissipation and intermittency in MHD

AMS Citation:
Mininni, P. D., and A. Pouquet, 2009: Finite dissipation and intermittency in MHD. Physical Review E, 80, 025401(R), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.80.025401.
Date:2009-08-03
Resource Type:article
Title:Finite dissipation and intermittency in MHD
Abstract: We present an analysis of data stemming from numerical simulations of decaying magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence up to grid resolution of 15363 points and up to Taylor Reynolds number of ∼1200. The initial conditions are such that the initial velocity and magnetic fields are helical and in equipartition, while their correlation is negligible. Analyzing the data at the peak of dissipation, we show that the dissipation in MHD seems to asymptote to a constant as the Reynolds number increases, thereby strengthening the possibility of fast reconnection events in the solar environment for very large Reynolds numbers. Furthermore, intermittency of MHD flows, as determined by the spectrum of anomalous exponents of structure functions of the velocity and the magnetic field, is stronger than that of fluids, confirming earlier results; however, we also find that there is a measurable difference between the exponents of the velocity and those of the magnetic field, reminiscent of recent solar wind observations. Finally, we discuss the spectral scaling laws that arise in this flow.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2009 American Physical Society.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7ks6skr
Publisher's Version: 10.1103/PhysRevE.80.025401
Author(s):
  • Pablo Mininni - NCAR/UCAR
  • Annick Pouquet - NCAR/UCAR
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